Air pollution #5 – Let’s investigate what the air in our school is 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 develop the students’ inquiry competence. In this sense, students in groups and helped by a specific scaffolding need to planning and carrying out their own research about air pollution in/around their school.

Age

  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Topic

  • Air pollution

Duration

  • More than 10 hours

Students’ resources

A specific scaffolding tool to support students in planning and carrying out authentic research was developed. This tool divided the process of planning and carrying out investigations in four key moments: design, initial prediction, carry out the experiment and the obtention of results and conclusions. Different driven questions (such as what do I want to investigate? what do I need?…) have been included to help students in those key moments and also in other specific moments.

Teachers’ resources

Despite the previous scaffolding being able to help students in the process of planning and carrying out their own research, it is essential that teachers also have an active guiding role in this process. Some examples of good questions and helpful guidance have been included as part of the teachers’ resources.