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Planet Classroom

Grades

K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Subject

Science

Resource Type

  • Videos, 3 minutes, 33 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, Europe

Format

YouTube Video

Kids Who Save the World: Clean Air

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Synopsis
  • In this video, Arya, a seven-year-old girl, explains why Epping Forest is her favorite place and why trees and forests are so important for air quality. 
  • Arya shares some ideas for what people can do to sustain forests and lessen human impacts on the natural world. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This sweet video provides a first-hand perspective of what a young child loves about the forest, how forests impact air quality, and what we need to do to save them. 
  • Students will love hearing from someone their own age. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • American students will need to know that petrol is gasoline. 

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in social studies classes that are working on geography and the importance of green spaces.
  • Language arts classes can pair this video with a fiction and nonfiction text on forests. 
  • This video will help facilitate a great conversation with younger students about their favorite outdoor places. Teachers can ask students the following questions:
    • What makes the place so special?
    • Can you name some plants or animals that you have seen in your favorite place?
    • What steps can we take to make sure the place stays healthy?
  • Other related resources include this tree cutting simulation game, this lesson plan on air pollution, and this video about what happens when trees are cut down. 
Scientist Notes
The resource describes the need to protect the natural world, conserve the forests, biodiversity, and green spaces to improve air quality, and drawdown CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere. Arya's story will inspire young people to engage in environmental conservation. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-3. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of climate change and humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
    • LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • 5-LS1-1. Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.ES.4.3 Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.
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