Air pollution #3 – How is clean air like? (upper primary students)

Author(s)

Èlia Tena, Caterina Solé and Digna Couso

Institution(s)

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The aim of this activity is to start building a first idea of clean air based on their first representation of the phenomenon.

Age

  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Topic

  • Air pollution

Duration

  • More than 10 hours

Students’ resources

Based on their initial drawings, students in groups will compare and contrast their ideas on clean air. After sharing their ideas with the whole class, they need to define what is clean air including ideas about their nature and their structure.

Teachers’ resources

It is important to help students to go in deep on their ideas of clean air. What we expected at this time is that they start to build an idea of clean air as matter. What means that at the macroscopic level, it has properties that (it occupies a volume…) and at the meso/submicroscopic level, we can imagine it as made up of parts/particles.