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Erase It! Acid Rain

Acid rain is an ever-growing environmental problem that affects the whole planet. Let’s work together to stop the damage with anti-pollution and conservation efforts.

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Acidic pollution in the upper atmosphere falls back down to Earth inside raindrops or other precipitation. Acid rain harms vegetation, trees, materials such as rubber windshield wipers, and even metal and stone outdoor statues and buildings almost everywhere in the world.
    2. Students learn more about what causes acid rain and how we can reduce it. Find a way to convince people about the need for action in a dramatic way, such as a poster! With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, illustrate the causes and effects of acid rain white paper.
    3. Show why we need to erase the problem of acid rain—and how to do it (use less electricity and other energy; carpool, walk, or bike). For instance, you could include factory smokestacks or cars and trucks with exhaust fumes, eroding stone and paint, along with light switches that are off and people biking to work.
    4. Use the erasers to remove some color and add highlights: clouds in the sky, lines to form bricks, beams of sunshine on windows. Fill in an erased area with another color or medium. Hang the poster about acid rain so others will take heed and get the whole school involved!
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grade level complexity band independently and proficiently.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing one's own clearly.

    SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.

    SCI: Construct drawings or diagrams as representations of events or systems.

    SCI: Offer causal explanations appropriate to level of knowledge.

    SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss; The Wump World by Bill Peet

    Students create scenes illustrating the cause and effect of acid rain. Provide space in the classroom to display student illustrations. Accompanying the illustrations, students will include a summary paragraph explaining how acid rain hurts the environment. This writing is based on student research.

    Students investigate which countries produce the most pollution and which countries are most affected by acid rain. Using a student-drawn world map, students illustrate where the pollution is sent into the atmosphere and where it falls. Display in the classroom for students to view.

    Working in small groups, students generate a list of simple actions they can take to assist with lessening the production and effects of acid rain In their community, state, and country.


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