Air Quality Explorers Handbook

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Q u a l i t y E x p l o r e rs

E x p l o r e rs H a n d b o o k


Hello, I’m a scientist and

I’m sending you on a very

important mission to find

out about air quality.

Air is all around us and we

need it to breathe, but if it

gets polluted, it’s bad for

us and the environment!


Use your explorer skills to find

the clues hidden in this

Explorers Handbook and fill

out your very important

Discovery Sheet.

Can you crack the

riddles and unlock

the password to

complete the

mission?

Good

luck!


DISCOVERY 1:

Air pollution is harmful to the planet,

humans and animals. Air pollution is

made up of gas, fumes and dust.


Password

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W h a t L e t t e r A m I . . .

I appear once in car but twice in cycle


DISCOVERY 2:

Air pollution mainly comes from

transport, like cars, buses, trains

and aeroplanes, as well as from

factories and construction (new

buildings being made).


Password

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W h a t L e t t e r A m I . . .

I’m silent in walk, but you can hear me in leap


DISCOVERY 3:

Our lungs can get damaged from air

pollution, causing some people to get

asthma. Asthma is a health condition

that makes it difficult to breathe.


Password

********

W h a t L e t t e r A m I . . .

I’m double in tree, but single in leaf


DISCOVERY 4:

The healthiest ways to travel for our

planet and ourselves is by walking,

scooting and cycling. And they are

fun too!


Password

********

W h a t L e t t e r A m I . . .

I start active, as well as action


DISCOVERY 5:

Idling is when you keep a vehicles

engine on when it is not moving.

It is better to turn the engine off!


Password

********

W h a t L e t t e r A m I . . .

I’m found in rain but also in sun


DISCOVERY 6:

Trees and plants absorb carbon

dioxide through photosynthesis!

Breathing in too much Carbon

dioxide is harmful to humans.


Password

********

W h a t L e t t e r A m I . . .

I’m a vowel in skateboard but not in scooter


DISCOVERY 7:

Pollutants released into the air from

cars include nitrogen oxide and

ammonia.


Password

********

W h a t L e t t e r A m I . . .

I’m there in drive but absent in drove


DISCOVERY 8:

“Lichen” are living things which grows

on trees, walls and rocks. Some lichen

only live where the air is clean, while

others can tolerate pollution.


Password

********

W h a t L e t t e r A m I . . .

I’m last in motor but first in run


Well, detectives, how did you do? Hopefully you’ve filled in

your Discovery Sheet (or jotter) and cracked the password!

The answers appear

later in this Explorers

Handbook and you

can check them

soon. No peeking

until you’re all done!

But first, let’s look at

some of the ways

we can improve air

quality.


What can you do to improve

air quality?


Walk and Cycle!

especially for short journeys


Turn off the

car engine!


CHOOSE A QUIETER

ROUTE TO SCHOOL


LET’S WORK TOGETHER

TO KEEP OUR AIR CLEAN!

Now explorers,

it’s time to check

your answers!


Discovery 1:

Air pollution is made up of GAS, FUMES

and DUST that are harmful to people,

animals and plants.

Discovery 2:

The main sources of air pollution are:

1. TRANSPORT

2. FACTORIES

3. CONSTRUCTION

Discovery 3:

Air pollution is bad for our health. It

can lead to ASTHMA, and damages

our LUNGS.

Discovery 4:

WALKING, SCOOTING and

CYCLING are great ways to travel to

school to reduce car use and help the air!


Discovery 5:

IDLING means keeping a vehicles

ENGINE on when it is not moving.

You should turn it OFF, especially

outside the school gates.

Discovery 6:

TREES and PLANTS are very important

to air quality. They take in CARBON

DIOXIDE, which is harmful to humans.

Discovery 7:

Pollutants released into the air from cars

include NITROGEN OXIDE and

AMMONIA.

Discovery 8:

Some types of LICHEN only like growing

where the air is clean, while others can

tolerate some pollution.

PASSWORD REVEALED


Password

C L E A N A I R

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Well done! I knew you could do it.

Now you can try our “Lichen Walk”!

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