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Teacher Resources

Teacher Resources

The following air quality educational curriculum are designed to be fun, interactive projects so teachers and students can learn more about the air we breathe.

The main objectives of these lesson plans are to enhance environmental literacy, allow students to experience with scientific methodology and stimulate critical thinking. For each curriculum we have identified the specific Science Content Standards that are covered in the lesson plans and required for all California Public Schools.

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Clean Air Ambassador Program


The Clean Air Ambassador Program provides environmental education opportunities to schools and before/after school programs throughout San Luis Obispo County. College and high school students make educational presentation to students, primarily in grades K to 3. Activities include interactive science experiments and demonstrations. To find out more about the program or to sign up, please email Curriculum for the Clean Air Ambassadors Program follows:

Air Quality Educational Curriculum

Designing a Clean Air City
In this lesson, students will map out ideal cities to learn how thoughtful land use planning and environmentally responsible choices can lead to improved air quality, through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and improved quality of life. Review Lesson Pan

Car Tally
This activity is a mini-field trip that provides students with hands-on experience in conducting a traffic survey in their own community, analyzing their data, and exploring the connection between traffic and air pollution. If time permits, students can create presentations of their data. Review Lesson Plan

Cilia Game
This activity shows students how ciliar keep particle pollution out of the lungs and how some particle pollution gets through the lungs. This lesson will teach students about what particle pollution is and some of the side effects of high levels of particulate matter. Review Lesson Plan

Science Curriculum

Sixteen science based lessons for San Luis Obispo County teachers. This curriculum was originally designed for grades 4 and 5, but the APCD has had success modifying the curriculum to include grades K through 12:

Air Simulation
By pretending to be air molecules, students from grades K to 3 will imitate physical processes associated with air, such as heat, wind, and condensation. The 30 to 50 minute activity provides students with a great introduction to the scientific concept of air. Review lesson plan

Sampling Particulate Matter from Air
This activity is geared to teach 3rd to 6th graders about air particles by participating in air sample collection, analysis, and data review. The lesson plan takes an hour a day for 2 to 3 days. Review lesson plan

Does Air Weigh Anything?
The lesson demonstrates for 4th to 6th graders that air has weight. In 40 to 50 minutes students gain an introductory understanding of matter. Review Lesson Plan