UPPER ELEMENTARY | SCIENCE
Air Pollution-Detecting Gardens
Students will learn about biomonitoring – what it means, how it is used, and how we can use it to learn more about our schoolyard garden.
- What is biomonitoring and how can it help us recognize the effects of pollution?
- How can we use biomonitoring techniques to learn more about our schoolyard garden?
- S3L2. Students will recognize the effects of pollution and humans on the environment.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2. Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.9. Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
Explorations in this Collection
Making Models to Demonstrate Electrostatic Cyclone Hoppers
Making Models to Demonstrate Electrostatic Precipitators
Monitoring the Biology
- Monarch Watch’s list of native milkweed species
- Ozone bioindicator plants
- Using sensitive plants as bioindicators for ground level ozone pollution
- NASA’s resource for planting an ozone detecting garden
- National Database for School Ozone Monitoring (Citizen Science Research Project)
- Sources of indoor airborne toxins and plants that can remove them from the air
- Directions for planting an ozone garden
- Distinguishing ozone damage from other types of leaf damage
- Who eats milkweed?
- Interactive online training to estimate percentage ozone damage of a leaf
- How to submit a leaf damage photo to NASA for analysis