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Ch 6: Pollution Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Supplement your lesson plans when teaching your students about pollution using this helpful chapter. Refer to this resource to help your students learn important definitions, review examples and participate in various activities and projects to ensure their full understanding of this material.

Pollution Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Find ways to keep your earth science students engaged in lessons about various types of pollution using video lessons and lesson plan outlines. Lesson plans present individual and group projects and other fun assignments as well as class discussion topics and extended projects that can facilitate your students' learning of facts about water, soil, air, noise and land pollution as well as smog, oil spills and more.

Lesson plans are designed to meet curriculum standards, identify vocabulary words and broaden the objectives of traditional lesson plans focusing on this subject.

How It Helps

  • Vocabulary words: Identifies key words relating to types of pollution that your students will need to know to fully comprehend each topic.
  • Activities or games: Ensures student participation and understanding by outlining hands-on projects and assignments that present the material in fun and creative ways.
  • Class discussion questions/topics: Encourages classroom participation by using video lessons and listing questions you can ask your class that will create classroom discussions and help them look more closely at these topics.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning pollution lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific pollution topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your earth science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related water, air, noise, ocean, soil, light and land pollution and oil spills lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of pollution from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant pollution activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

35 Lessons in Chapter 6: Pollution Lesson Plans
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Air Pollution Lesson Plan

1. Air Pollution Lesson Plan

This lesson plan can be used to teach your students about air pollution. Students will watch an engaging video defining air pollution and explain sources and types. Discussion questions, cooperative group activities and a quiz are included.

What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types

2. What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types

In this video lesson, you will learn about the sources and types of air pollution. You will be able to identify the six classes of air pollutants identified by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act of 1970.

Smog Lesson Plan

3. Smog Lesson Plan

Photochemical smog is a secondary pollutant that affects urban areas worldwide. This lesson plan offers an approach to teaching students about the causes and effects of smog.

Photochemical Smog: Definition, Formation & Effects

4. Photochemical Smog: Definition, Formation & Effects

In this lesson, we will learn about photochemical smog, a common type of pollutant. We'll cover what photochemical smog is, how it is different from other types of pollution, how it is formed, and how to decrease it.

Wall-E Lesson Plan

5. Wall-E Lesson Plan

The film 'WALL-E' helps to teach students about environmental and pollution issues. This lesson plan integrates the film along with two informative text lessons to grab and keep the attention of your students.

Environmental Issues Lesson for Kids

6. Environmental Issues Lesson for Kids

There are many different environmental issues occurring each and every day like water pollution and global warming. In this lesson, we'll learn about the different environmental issues found on the land, in the water, and in the air, along with how we can help.

Air Pollution Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

7. Air Pollution Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

What is air pollution? What are the causes of it? What can kids do to help prevent it? In this lesson, you'll learn all about air pollution and ways that you can help lessen it.

Water Pollution Lesson Plan

8. Water Pollution Lesson Plan

Help students understand how water becomes polluted and what types of water pollution there are with this video lesson plan. Apply learning to real-life situations to extend learning.

Water Pollution: Definition, Types, and Sources

9. Water Pollution: Definition, Types, and Sources

In this lesson, you will learn about the different types and sources of water pollution. You will gain an understanding of both surface water and groundwater pollution and the similarities and differences between them.

Acid Rain Lesson Plan

10. Acid Rain Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the causes and effects of acid rain with this lesson plan. Start off with an engaging video lesson that defines acid rain, explores its causes, and explains how we measure it and what is being done about it. Discussion questions, activities and a quiz make sure learning sticks.

Acid Rain: Effects & Causes

11. Acid Rain: Effects & Causes

This lesson will focus on the environmental problem known as acid rain. It will also explore the causes and effects of acid rain, how it is measured, and what is being done to reduce it.

Ocean Pollution Lesson Plan

12. Ocean Pollution Lesson Plan

Teach your students about ocean pollution with this lesson plan. Students will read a mentor text explaining different pollutants, the reasons they're harmful, and what we can do to keep oceans clean.

Ocean Pollution Facts: Lesson for Kids

13. Ocean Pollution Facts: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will learn the basics about ocean pollution. You will learn about different pollutants and why they are harmful. You will also learn how people can work together to keep the oceans clean.

Oil Spills Lesson Plan

14. Oil Spills Lesson Plan

What is an oil spill and what lasting impact does it leave in its wake? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to outline key facts about oil spills for students. An activity connects them with significant oil spills in our recent history.

Oil Spill Facts: Lesson for Kids

15. Oil Spill Facts: Lesson for Kids

Oil spills have occurred many times each year since the 1970s. Learn what causes these destructive and deadly accidents, how they affect the environment, and about some of the most infamous oil spills of all time.

Land Pollution Lesson Plan

16. Land Pollution Lesson Plan

What is land pollution and how can we minimize it? These concepts are clarified in this lesson plan through the use of a fact-filled text lesson and a hands-on activity.

Land Pollution Lesson for Kids

17. Land Pollution Lesson for Kids

Sometimes the earth gets filled up with things that make it dirty. We call this pollution. Pollution occurs on land, in the air, and in water. This lesson is about pollution on the land.

Soil Pollution Lesson Plan

18. Soil Pollution Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about soil pollution. Students will watch a lesson defining soil pollution, explaining how it occurs and ways we can prevent it. Hands-on activities, discussion questions and a quiz are provided to make learning stick.

Soil Pollution Lesson for Kids

19. Soil Pollution Lesson for Kids

This lesson will teach you about soil pollution. We will look at what soil pollution is, how it occurs and how it affects living things. We'll also learn ways that we can prevent soil pollution.

Light Pollution Lesson Plan

20. Light Pollution Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce your students to light pollution. Students will read a text lesson, discuss light pollution, and view a helpful demonstration.

Light Pollution: Definition, Causes & Effects

21. Light Pollution: Definition, Causes & Effects

Back in the day, before the light bulb was ever invented, everybody - no matter where they were - could look up and see the Milky Way and a multitude of stars in the sky. Not any more. Learn why in this lesson.

Noise Pollution Lesson Plan

22. Noise Pollution Lesson Plan

Noise pollution is an invisible danger that we often ignore. This lesson plan helps students understand the dangers of noise pollution, and an activity gets them thinking about harmful noise and ways to protect themselves.

Noise Pollution Lesson for Kids

23. Noise Pollution Lesson for Kids

There is an invisible form of pollution that we don't normally think about. Learn about noise pollution and how it affects people and animals. Then find out how you can protect yourself from this form of pollution.

Air Quality Lesson Plan for Elementary School

24. Air Quality Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teaching children about air quality is important for the future of our planet. Your students will learn about air quality as they read and discuss a text lesson, create an air quality awareness wall, and take a quiz.

Water Pollution Lesson Plan for Elementary School

25. Water Pollution Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What causes pollution in our water supply? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to define and exemplify water pollution. An activity is focused on preventing water pollution.

Acid Rain Activities & Games

26. Acid Rain Activities & Games

Are you teaching your students about acid rain and need some activities to keep them engaged? Check out this lesson for fun activities and games that enhance your students' learning.

Air Quality Lesson Plan

27. Air Quality Lesson Plan

The quality of the air affects all of us in one way or another. Your students will learn about air quality as they read and discuss a text lesson, create air quality awareness posters, and take a quiz.

Environmental Health Lesson Plan

28. Environmental Health Lesson Plan

Our environment can be healthy or hazardous. Your students will learn how to assess the health of their environment as they watch an interesting, educational video, assess their school environment, and take a quiz.

Environmental Health Hazards in Real Estate Lesson Plan

29. Environmental Health Hazards in Real Estate Lesson Plan

What environmental risks can arise in real estate? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to present key facts. An activity reinforces key concepts as it encourages critical thinking.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Lesson Plan

30. Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Students will be able to summarize this environmental disaster and its effects, as well as conduct a related experiment.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Causes, Effects & Facts

31. Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Causes, Effects & Facts

The Deepwater Horizon spill was the worst oil disaster in US history. In this lesson, we'll talk about why it happened and what sort of impact it had on wildlife and humans alike.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Lesson Plan

32. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Students will be able to summarize this environmental disaster and its effects, as well as conduct a related experiment.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Causes, Effects & Clean-up

33. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Causes, Effects & Clean-up

Oil spilling into a pristine ecosystem sounds like a bad deal. This lesson will explore why the Exxon Valdez spilled oil into Prince William Sound, the effects of the spill, and how crews tried to clean up one of the worst man-made disasters to occur in the United States.

Oil Spill Cleanup Lesson Plan

34. Oil Spill Cleanup Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, high school students explore how bioremediation is used to treat oil spills. Students will read and discuss a short text lesson and then apply their learning in a hands-on simulation activity.

Environmental Toxicants Lesson Plan

35. Environmental Toxicants Lesson Plan

Toxicants are everywhere in our environment. Your students are going to learn about environmental toxicants as they watch a video, create toxicant awareness posters and take a quiz.

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