Teaching Guide for Younger Students (K-3)

Pollution is bad stuff that gets into the air and makes it hard for people to breathe. It can come from different places. One place pollution comes from is cars, trucks, and buses that use diesel or gasoline to make them go. As the cars drive by, tiny bits of pollution blow into the air. They’re so tiny you can’t even see them. But when lots of these little bits get together, they can cause BIG problems for kids.

When the air becomes dirty from pollution, playing outside is no fun. You might cough and sneeze a lot or feel sick. Some kids get asthma which makes it hard for them to run, play sports, or breathe. It can even send kids to the hospital if it gets really bad, and it’s not fair.

The good news is that there are new cars, buses, and trucks that don’t pollute the air. They are called ELECTRIC. Instead of using diesel or gasoline fuels from the gas station, electric cars have a battery inside that can be charged over and over using electricity (the same way we charge our phones or tablets).

Electricity can come from cleaner energy sources like the sun and wind. Electric cars don’t pollute the air. No pollution means cleaner air and a healthier environment for kids to play.

Did you know YOU can help make the air cleaner?

You can tell adults it’s NOT FAIR we have to breathe DIRTY AIR. You can teach them what you learned about dirty cars, and ask them to support ELECTRIC cars, trucks, and buses where you live. Use your imagination to show us what YOU think a cleaner future looks like, and you can help make a difference for kids everywhere.

Thought starters to spark your imagination:

  • How do people get to school and work where you live? What kinds of transportation do you see in your neighborhood? What kinds of transportation are not available where you live?
  • Why is it important to protect our air and environment from pollution?
  • How do dirty cars, trucks, and buses impact kids’ health? If you couldn’t go outside to play, how would it make you and other kids feel?
  • Why are electric cars, trucks, and buses better? How do they work? How could you bring them to your neighborhood?
  • What does the future look like if we start using clean cars, trucks, and buses that don’t pollute the air?