Teacher Resources

Breathable airPima County Environmental Quality provides FREE, customized classroom and youth group presentations to assist educators in teaching their students about the environment. Topics include air quality, pollution prevention, climate change, and stormwater and general eco issues.

There are plenty of reasons why it would be great to study air quality in the classroom and use resources for real-time air quality activity research projects.

View this short video about PDEQ resources and info that can be incorporated into the classroom and help protect the health of students, staff and their families.

Meet Arizona State Science and Health Standards

PDEQ education programs help meet at least the following standards as primary objectives, and may help meet additional standards in other areas such as language arts and social studies.

  • Science Strand 1 Concept 1: Observations, Questions, and Hypotheses
  • Science Strand 1 Concept 3: Analysis and Conclusions
  • Science Strand 3 Concept 1: Changes in Environments
  • Science Strand 6 Concept 3 (K-4): Changes in the Earth and Sky
  • Comprehensive Health Standard

We Can Tailor Presentations to Meet Classroom Goals

  • Classroom/youth group demonstrations/presentations for all grades
  • Curricula packets for grades 1-12 in English
    • Lesson Plan: Air Quality Presentation for Youth (Grades K-3)
    • Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan: Airborne Dust Control Presentation for Youth (Grades 4-8)
    • Lesson Plan: Air Quality Presentation for Youth (Grades 9-12) 
  • Curricula packets for grades 1-8 in Spanish
  • Informational brochures
  • Clean Air Activity Trunk and Video for K-3 (for loan)
  • Air Care 101 Video for middle-school (for loan)
  • Save Planet Polluto CD-ROM for all ages (for loan)
  • AirInfoNow activities
  • Airville - a Flash activity to show how we HELP and HURT our air.

Resource Flyers

PDEQ Environmental Education Resources
School Pocket Park: engage parents while reducing idling at school
Drive Less Pledge for teachers, staff and parents
Healthy Air Pledge printable form for students, 2-up
Is Air Healthy to Breathe?
Is it Smoky Outside?
Airville in color
Benefits of Biking

Activity Worksheets

Airville color page
Bike vs. car: time and air pollution calculations
Desert Dwellers Know activity sheets: letter size and menu size
Facts & Fun for Kids About Air
Finish the Sentence air focus
How Green Can You Go?
Littering is unlAWFUL: K-2 and grades 3-6
Little Green Riding Hood

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