Learning about our air...and how we can protect this air we share.
Resources for Teachers (and Students)
Here are some resources for learning more about air pollution and
our health and climate change. This page can also be useful to expand on some of the topics
introduced in the CD Learning about Our Air.
To receive a copy
of the CD (available free to Santa Barbara County teachers and educators),
or to schedule an APCD presentation in your classroom - or to
receive presentations listed below in PowerPoint format, contact Mary Byrd
Also see the Teachers page on this
Lower Elementary School
APCD’s presentation for lower elementary students introduces the idea of
stewardship of the Earth through a game called “Think Earth”. The students
identify activities that are good and bad for the Earth and discuss things
they can do to help keep the Earth and the Air clean. The game focuses on
how our actions affect the Earth around us. The presentation can be used on
its own or as a supplement to other related lesson plans.
- See the Safe Routes to School page
on this site for more on walking or biking to
school, plus a link to download lessons developed by Marin County
teachers, and a link to the state's Safe Routes site.
- Check out
the "Recycle City" games and information on this site:
and for information about recycling in Santa Barbara County, see www.lessismore.org.
- This EPA site
includes games, links, and activities to help kids learn about
- Download the Save Planet Polluto coloring book (PDF file)
- See our Kids and Our Air
(PDF file) for more on air pollution and kids' health, and what kids can do
Upper Elementary/Middle School
APCD's presentation for upper elementary and middle school/junior high grade
an overview of air quality in Santa Barbara County, as well as an
introduction to global climate change and potential impacts.
High School, College, Adult
APCD's presentation for high school through adult ages includes
an overview of air quality in Santa Barbara County, chemical formulas
involved in the formation of ozone, an
introduction to global climate change and potential impacts, and information on
how fuel cells work.