Air Quality Health Index classroom kit, grades 5 and 6, health: chapter 5
Station 2: Behind the Scenes: Canada’s Next Top (AQHI Model!)
Students use weather information and the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) to make choices about how to prepare for different outdoor activities.
Planning for different activities in consideration of weather and air quality conditions.
A complete set of provincial and territorial curriculum links can be found at the end of the stations.
Choose appropriate clothing to meet particular weather challenges and give reasons for appropriate dress.
Appreciate how important it is to be able to forecast weather and to have suitable clothing or shelter to endure various types of weather.
- 3 hats or boxes to put folded paper
- Digital camera
- A bag of clothing/gear and equipment/tools such as umbrellas, a snow shovel, large brim hats, sun screen, gardening tools, etc.
- White construction paper
- Markers, crayons and other colouring pens
- Computer for making slide show
- Student Instructions (1)
- Student Handout 2 (1 per student)
- Weather condition hat cards (1 set per group)
When each group has finished the station and taken their pictures, ensure that they are all transferred to a computer so that each group can prepare their own Air Quality Health Slide Show.
Station 2: Student Instructions
What kind of outdoor activities do you like to do? Soccer? Hiking? Hide and seek? Do you prepare for all these activities in the same way?
You don’t need the same clothing or equipment for all outdoor activities. Some reasons for this are because:
- some activities require specific clothes, like uniforms, soccer boots or bike helmets;
- some activities are best done when there is snow, like skiing or sledding;
- others are best done when there is wind, such as flying kites or sailing;
- most activities can’t be done safely when there is thunder or lightning, but can take place if there is only rain, such as baseball, fishing, or hiking.
In this learning centre, you are going to make some decisions about what is the best clothing or equipment for different activities. You will need to think about the weather and air quality conditions.
- Decide what activity you would like to explore and write it on your Student Handout. Make sure each group member selects a different activity.
- Take turns picking a piece of paper out of each of the four hats at the learning centre (Raining and pouring!, Where’s the wind?, How hot is hot?, and AQHI.
- Record the information on the Student Handout. Then find your AQHI value on the table to see what health messages you need to consider.
- Each group member: Decide if you want to be a designer, model, sketch artist, or photographer. Everyone can be a sketch artist if you don’t have access to clothing/gear.
- As a group, create an Air Quality Health slideshow on the computer.
From the bag provided, choose clothing/gear and equipment/tools that are best suited for the activity. Work with one of the models to put on the gear.
Take action shots of the models doing each activity (that is, if the AQHI and weather allow)! If not, work with the model to strike a pose and change their expression to show that the activity has to be cancelled. When you’re done, transfer the pictures to a computer.
You are now Canada’s Next Top AQHI Model for your activity. Work with the designer and photographer by trying on clothes and striking a pose! Based on the AQHI and weather conditions, strike a pose or change your expression to show whether or not you could go ahead with the activity.
Sketch a “Canada’s Next Top AQHI Model” for your activity. The picture must include a name for the model, the type of activity, all appropriateitems of clothing in the colour that best reflects the AQHIreading for the day. Be sure that the pose and face shows us whether or not the activity will be called off or go ahead for the AQHI and weather conditions.
AQHI and Outdoor Activities
|Health Risk||AQHI||Health Messages|
|At Risk Population||General Population|
|Low||1-3||Enjoy your usual outdoor activities.||Ideal air quality for outdoor activities.|
|Moderate||4-6||Consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoor if you are experiencing symptoms.||No need to modify your usual outdoor activities unless you experience symptoms such as coughing or throat irritation.|
|High||7-10||Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors. Children and the elderly should also take it easy.||Consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.|
|Very High||Above 10||Avoid strenuous activities outdoors. Children and the elderly should also avoid outdoor physical exertion.||Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors, especially if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.|
Station 2: Weather Condition Hat Cards
Cut up the following chits of paper and place them into a container or hat.
How much rain? (Precipitation)
|Sunny||A mix of sun and cloud||Cloudy periods|
|Showers||Cloudy with sunny periods||50% chance of showers|
|70% chance of showers||Showers with thunderstorms||40% chance of showers with a risk of thunder showers|
|Sunny||Sunny||Cloudy with a 60% chance of showers|
Where’s the wind? (Wind speed)
|15 km/h||6 km/h||25 km/h|
|4 km/h||2 km/h||17 km/h|
|9 km/h||11 km/h||13 km/h|
|21 km/h||3 km/h||Calm|
How hot is hot? (Temperature)
Station 2: Student Handout
Student Handout Form
1. Complete the following table with the information from your cards.
2. How should you dress for today? Fill out the following areas.
On my head, I will wear... Because
On my ..., I will wear... Because:
On my legs, I will wear... Because:
On my feet, I will wear... Because:
On my other body parts, I will wear... Because:
3. What should you bring with you?
4. Why is it important to be able to forecast?
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