Up in the Air: an Air Pollution Education Program

Up in the Air: an Air Pollution Education Program

"Up in the Air" Education Program Brochure“Up in the Air: an Air Pollution Education Program” is designed around the big idea that our actions impact air quality in both positive and negative ways.

This environmental education program engages K-5th Grade students in hands-on learning activities designed to promote collaboration and critical thinking skills.


Main Goal of “Up in the Air” Education Program

The main goal of “Up in the Air: an Air Pollution Education Program” is to educate elementary students and their families about the importance of clean air. Kids learn simple actions they can take to help improve local air quality so we can all live, work, and play in a healthy environment.

Air Pollution Topics Covered in “Up in the Air”:

  • Properties of Air
  • Common Air Pollutants
  • Sources of Air Pollution
  • Monitoring Air Quality
  • Health Effects of Air Pollution
  • Reducing Air Pollution

Program Materials for K-5th Grade are Available!

The “Up in the Air: an Air Pollution Education Program” provides elementary environmental educators with inquiry-based, hands-on air pollution lessons within two units for K-2nd Grade and 3rd-5th Grade.

Each “Up in the Air” Unit Includes:

  • 6 to 8 air quality lesson plans aligned to current Arizona academic standards for science, English/language arts, math, and social studies
  • Key vocabulary
  • Essential questions to focus student learning
  • Detailed instructions for each investigation
  • Blackline masters for all lab sheets and assessments
  • Websites, videos, and other online tools
  • Digital lessons for interactive SMART boards

“Up in the Air” Classroom Investigation Lab Activity Example

This lab instructions tutorial video explains how to model pollution dispersion using water and food dye. This lab activity is taken from the 3rd-5th Grade Unit, Lesson Four of “Up in the Air” Education Program.

Additional “Up in the Air” Resources for Maricopa County Educators:

  • Resource kits, containing all materials needed to teach the unit, are available for check-out from the Maricopa County Air Quality Department
  • A 45-minute hands-on classroom presentation provided by the Maricopa County Air Quality Dept.
"Up in the Air" Education Program Resource Kits

“Up in the Air” Education Program Resource Kits

For “Up in the Air” education program resource kits and other air quality learning materials, please contact the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Maricopa County Air Quality Dept.

Jenny Frank, Education Outreach Coordinator for the Maricopa County Air Quality DepartmentJenny Frank
Education Outreach Coordinator
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
(602) 506-6355
JennyFrank@mail.maricopa.gov


Environmental Education Video Content Provided by
Jenny Frank, Education Outreach Coordinator for the Maricopa County Air Quality Department

"Kids Making Sense" Flyer

Kids Making Sense is a global environmental education program that empowers the next generation of citizen scientists, developed by Sonoma Technology, Inc. Discover how students can use portable air quality sensors to measure particle pollution at their school!

Maricopa County Air Quality Department is bringing this innovative STEM program to schools in Maricopa County at no cost. To learn more, contact JennyFrank@mail.maricopa.gov.