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Educational Resources For Teachers

The Air Quality Partnership is proud to provide educators with free, fun and informative learning activities and resources that teach students about air quality, the impact of air pollution and how they can do their share for cleaner air.

Many children and adults are unaware of the health risks associated with breathing polluted air. Among children, air pollutants are associated with increased acute respiratory illness, increased respiratory symptoms and infections, longer asthma episodes and a decrease in lung function.1

By taking advantage of the free resources on this page or working directly with us on a Clean Air Project, you can help raise awareness of our regional air quality issue and reduce local air pollution. Finding ways to improve air quality at your school and empowering students to develop their own good air quality habits helps to create a healthy and productive learning environment in which we can all breathe easier.

Teacher and Students

Schools have the unique opportunity to teach students about types of air pollution while also encouraging them to take action by walking, biking or taking the bus to school. You can also urge them to make sure cars or buses are not idling in the school parking lot.

Learning Activities

Air Quality Toolkit for Teachers

This toolkit includes easy-to-use and engaging lesson plans, activities, and other resources to teach students about the connections between air quality, health, weather, and other related science topics.

  • Lesson plans appropriate for:

    • Grades K through 2

    • Grades 3 through 5

    • Grades 6 through 8

  • Handouts – Simple one-page, age-appropriate handouts

  • Background information and fact sheets

  • Additional learning activities

  • Bibliography of curricula, lesson plans, activities, publications, and Web sites


Interactive Learning Experience for Elementary School Children

Great Activity For Earth Day or Any Day!
A fun, engaging, and informative computer activity to help students learn about improving air quality with questions, answers and automatic results built in.

Students Click Here to get started!

  • Great as a group or individual activity for students in grades 3 - 5

  • Chance to win a free pizza party

  • Helps meet standards-based academic requirements for:

    • Environment & Ecology

    • Information Skills

    • Health, Safety & Physical Education


Particulate Matter (PM) PowerPoint Presentation

Teachers, please use this useful, 10 minute narrated PowerPoint presentation to help inform your students about the causes and effects of PM2.5 pollution.

Download PowerPoint File (42MB)

All files are compressed with WinZip. The file "AQ Narration.wav" must be in the same folder as the PowerPoint file to play correctly.

Special thanks to Chris Warren and Matt Stepp for creating this presentation!

Air Quality Resources

Teacher’s Curriculum Resources
Courtesy of your friends at AIRNow.

EPA's Learn the Issues: Air Page
Breathing clean air helps us stay healthy. On this page, you can learn about things that cause air pollution and what you can do to keep the air clean.

Fun Games
Includes Word Search, Pollution Prevention Scramble, Fill-In-The-Blanks and Make a Sentence (PDF)

1. National Resources Defense Council.