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3rd, 4th, 5th


Science, Social Studies, Health

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  • Ebooks

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North America, United States



"Why Is Coco Orange?" [Book]

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  • This colorful book about fascinating chameleons helps children understand the EPA's Air Quality Index and the implications of pollution on the health of living creatures.
  • It also contains a glossary of terms and some review questions to help with reading comprehension.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource helps young children understand the implications of air pollution.
  • The story is accompanied by captivating and colorful pictures.
  • There is a quiz at the end that can be used to reinforce learning.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a basic understanding of air pollution.


  • Challenge the students to identify some environmental asthma triggers commonly found on school premises and suggest possible solutions.
  • Classes can track the air quality in their community and make a plan for staying safe when the air quality is poor.
  • Students can watch an animated read-aloud of this book here.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a story on air quality and its impact on human health. It guides students who are at risk or susceptible to asthma or other respiratory-related infections with an action plan. This is recommended for teaching.

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

  • Comprehensive Health & Physical Education
    • Personal and Mental Health
      • 2.1.5.PGD.1: Identify effective personal health strategies and behaviors that reduce illness, prevent injuries, and maintain or enhance one’s wellness (e.g., adequate sleep, balanced nutrition, ergonomics, regular physical activity).
      • 2.1.5.CHSS.2: Describe how business, non-profit organizations, and individuals can work cooperatively to address health problems that are affected by global issues, including climate change.
    • Safety
      • 2.3.5.HCDM.1: Identify conditions that may keep the human body from working properly, and the ways in which the body responds.
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