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Teaching Children About Air Pollution

Young people need to understand that they can make a difference in our planet's health, too. Our goal is to help you teach children about timely topics like air quality, air pollution, and climate change, and to help you talk about actions that can make Earth's air cleaner.

The outreach materials on this page can be downloaded and printed, and other lesson plans are available elsewhere on this website. We have also collected links to resources available in other places, including posters, scientific papers and data, and tips for action.

Everything below can help you teach about air pollution, and how it can affect everyone's health and the health of our planet.

DAR Outreach Staff teaching at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center’s Earth Day

What's in the Air Gets Around Poster (PDF)

  • An activity and poster to help teach children about the earth's atmosphere and the air we breathe.
  • The poster explains the atmosphere and shows how air moves around the planet, what air is composed of, and how air changes in Earth's air cycle.

Air Villain Trading Cards

Set 1 of 3 (PDF) (2 pgs)
Set 2 of 3 (PDF) (2 pgs)
Set 3 of 3 (PDF) (2 pgs)

  • Clever cartoon characters on cards for 20 different air pollutants.
  • The back of each card includes a description of the chemical, the crime (health effect) of the chemical, and how and where it's emitted.

Conservationist for Kids Magazine

Conservationist for Kids is a nature and environment magazine for kids in New York State. Every issue contains information and activities about New York State's environment and ways to explore outside. The issues linked below highlight air pollution topics so that anyone can talk with children about our air resources.

Email the Division of Air Resources' Outreach Office, or call 518-402-8451, for copies of these materials.

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