Free PDEQ Presentations for 4th through 6th Grades

Air Jeopardy

Through a fun PowerPoint “Air Jeopardy” game, students will become more aware of air issues including air pollutants of concern in Pima County, health effects of breathing polluted air, air quality and transportation, and solutions to keep the air healthy. Staff may use props to enhance discussion of topics including healthy and simulated unhealthy pig’s lungs to demonstrate what breathing dirty air can do to our health, energy-saving devices to promote energy conservation, and items made from recycled materials and/or reusable items to emphasize waste reduction.
 Time: 60 minutes
 Accommodations: screen or blank wall, table, electricity

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, shaded outside area

Career Day – Environmental Careers, Focus PDEQ

Through a PowerPoint presentation, and using props as appropriate, participants learn about the many jobs available in the environmental field, the reasons why someone might choose an eco-career, the level of education necessary to get into the field, the different arenas where they might seek work, and focus in on what a career with PDEQ Communications Program is like.
 Time: 20-60 minutes
 Accommodations: screen or blank wall, table, electricity

Climate Change Jeopardy

Through a fun PowerPoint “Climate Change Jeopardy” game, attendees will become more aware of what greenhouse gases are, how climate change is affecting the environment and Earth’s inhabitants, and tips on what we may do to reduce global climate change. Staff may use props to enhance discussion of topics including energy-saving devices, and use a worksheet where participants can think more about where and how they personally use energy in their homes or for transportation.
 Time: 60 minutes
 Accommodations: screen or blank wall, table, electricity

EcoBINGO

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)

Eco Jeopardy

Through a fun PowerPoint “Eco Jeopardy” game, students will learn about a variety of environmental issues including air quality, solid waste/recycling, climate change, and general eco info to promote a healthy environment. Staff may use props to enhance discussion of topics including healthy and simulated unhealthy pig’s lungs to demonstrate what breathing dirty air can do to our health, energy-saving devices to promote energy conservation, and items made from recycled materials and/or reusable items to emphasize waste reduction.
 Time: 60 minutes
 Accommodations: screen or blank wall, table, electricity

Got Dust? Role-play

Through lecture, demonstration, and an interactive role-play activity, participants will gain a greater awareness of air pollution issues, specifically regarding particulate pollution. Participants will learn about air pollutants of concern in Pima County, health effects of air pollution, and possible solutions to reduce air pollution. The audience will discover different perspectives in a situation regarding airborne dust in a residential neighborhood due to ATV activity, and attempt to find a solution.
 Time: 60 minutes
 Accommodations: table for props

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. Staff will also guide participants in making their very own stomp rockets, and with stomp rocket assemblies, use the power of air to launch rockets for the remainder of the presentation.
 Time: 60 minutes
 Accommodations: screen or blank wall, table, electricity, work surface for students, shaded
 outside area

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