Sometimes pollution is easy to see (litter). Other times, it may be difficult (in Iowa, air pollution from cars). Project Learning Tree’s activity “Pollution Search” takes elementary students outside the classroom to look for types of pollution in their neighborhood.
Adapt this activity to middle grades by searching for pollution throughout your community using aerial photos or satellite images. As a research project, students choose different locations on maps, and investigate the types of pollution found. Continue the research by contacting the locations (factories, stores with parking lots, Natural Resource Conservation Service office, etc.) to see what places or people do to reduce/eliminate pollution. Have students give presentations to the class or community on additional ways to reduce pollution in their community.
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