Air Quality Health Index classroom kit, grades 5 and 6, environment: chapter 5

Sticky Concept Maps

Air pollution is one environmental effect of making electricity. Here, you will sort out how electricity is connected to the Canadian Air Quality Health Index (AQHI).

Small Groups

  1. Write each of the following words on Post-it® notes. Place them on chart paper. Guess how they are connected.
  • Electricity
  • Renewable
  • Non-renewable
  • Natural resources
  • Air pollution
  • Harvesting
  • Extracting
  • Fossil fuels
  • Geothermal
  • Tidal
  • Solar
  • Hydro
  • Wind
  • Biomass
  • Coal
  • Oil
  • Natural gas
  • Environmental impacts
  • Smog
  • Particulate matter (PM)
  • Ground-level ozone (O3)
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
  • AQHI
  1. Scan the readings quickly to decide which ones you will read first and how you will divide the work. Will you read all of them out loud, or will you each read one?
  2. Read and look for the words in the word list. You may even want to highlight them. As you read, sort the words into groups by moving the Post-it® notes around on the bristol board. Talk it out, explaining your reasons for grouping the words together. is will help you with your concept map.
  3. Re-read the information to fill in details.
  4. Join with another group. Talk through the concept maps to find the differences.
  5. Revise the maps until you agree.

Reading Strategy

  • Read the title.
  • Look for clues, bold words, or pictures.
  • Question: What does this mean?
  • Highlight the words you don’t know.
  • Read the first sentence of each section.
  • Read the entire article.




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