Free PDEQ Presentations for 2nd and 3rd Grades

Awesome Air Story Time

Through the reading of two books, I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb and Stars Beneath Your Bed--The Surprising Story of Dust by April Pulley Sayre, students gain a better understanding about the characteristics of air, airborne dust, and the importance of keeping the air healthy. Students will assist with experiments and act out dust producing activities.
 Time: 60 minutes
 Accommodations: table for demonstration

Awesome Air & Stomp Rockets

Through a short lecture/discussion, demonstration, and a FUN stomp rocket activity, participants will learn about the air pollutants of concern in the Tucson area, where pollution comes from, how breathing air pollution may affect our health, and what we can do to keep the air and environment healthy. Staff may use props such as healthy and simulated unhealthy pig’s lungs. Staff will guide participants in making their very own stomp rockets that they can keep, and with stomp rocket assemblies, use the power of air to launch rockets for the remainder of the presentation.
 Time: 60 minutes
 Accommodations: table for demonstration, work surface for students, large outside area


Using a fun BINGO game format, students will identify icons related to many different environmental topics, acting as springboards for age-appropriate discussion on subjects including air quality, water quality, energy conservation, solid waste and recycling, climate change, and tips on going “green.” Discussion will be enhanced with props and video and audio snip-its to make the presentation entertaining as well as educational.
 Time: 60 minute
 Accommodations: screen or blank wall, electricity, two tables (or one large one)

Little Green Riding Hood

In a storytelling format, the presenter adapts a longtime favorite tale to share information about “green” living. The story delves into home energy use and transportation, two major sources of air pollution and greenhouse gases, as well other sources and environmental issues (like recycling) as Little Green Riding Hood leaves her village and scampers through the woods to her grandmother’s house. The presenter uses props to enhance delivery, and opens the presentation up for discussion of environmental issues, focusing on actions we can take and products we can use to be more “green.”
 Time: 45-60 minutes
 Accommodations: table for props

The Lorax

Through the reading of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, the audience will enjoy the wondrous world of Truffula Trees, Humming Fish and Brown Bar-ba-loots to highlight the effects of our use of Earth’s resources. Discussion follows with a series of questions designed to encourage thoughtful conversation of wise use of resources to protect the land, water, air and human health.
 Time: 45-60 minutes         
 Accommodations: table for props

Riding Bikes Helps the Air

This PowerPoint presentation engages the audience by weaving in true/false questions while discussing the two problem air pollutants we deal with in Pima County, their sources, health effects, and actions we can take to reduce air pollution. We focus on the use of bicycles as an alternative to driving motor vehicles, for exercise, and work purposes among many other uses. Staff may use props such as healthy and simulated unhealthy pig’s lungs.
 Time: 45-60 minutes  
 Accommodations: screen or blank wall, table, electricity, work surface for students, shaded outside area 

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