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Discuss the pollution caused by vehicle exhaust fumes and represent this pollution by making a ‘smogstorm’ ornament.

Keystage 1

Curriculum links: PSHE 2g. Geog 1c, 3a, 5a-b. D&T 1b, e.

Smogstorm

What to do: Lead a discussion with the children about the pollution caused by vehicles on the roads. When they see smoke coming out of a car’s exhaust pipe, what do they think is in that smoke and where does it go? Explain that, because cars burn fuel, they emit poisonous gases that pollute the air. In places where there are lots of vehicles on the roads, such as cities, the pollution can be visible in the atmosphere as smog that can reduce visibility and make breathing uncomfortable. Demonstrate this by making a ‘smogstorm’ – a new form of the ‘snowstorm’!

Begin by making a model of a car or other vehicle using plastic modelling clay. Remind the children to include an exhaust pipe on their model. Follow the instructions on the packet on how to dry the clay when the model is finished.

You will now need a small empty jar. Glue the model onto the inside of the lid using a latex (waterproof) adhesive and leave it to dry. Fill the jar with water and then sprinkle in some black glitter and mix it round.

Lower your model into the water as you screw the lid on tightly. When you are happy with the finished ornament you can glue the lid on to avoid leaks. Turn the jar over and give it a good shake. The car will be surrounded by black pollution – a smogstorm!

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Keystage 2

Curriculum links: PSHE 2a. Geog 3d-e, 4b, 5a. D&T 2d-e

What to do: Lead a discussion with the children about the pollution caused by vehicles on the roads. When they see smoke coming out of a car’s exhaust pipe, what do they think is in that smoke and where does it go? Explain that, because cars burn fuel, they emit poisonous gases that pollute the air. In places where there are lots of vehicles on the roads, such as cities, the pollution can be visible in the atmosphere as smog that can reduce visibility and make breathing uncomfortable. Ask the children to think about how this can affect the quality of people’s lives when living in a city.

Demonstrate this pollution by making a ‘smogstorm’ – a new form of the ‘snowstorm’! Start by making a model of a car or other vehicle using plastic modelling clay. Remind the children to include an exhaust pipe on their model. Follow the instructions on the packet on how to dry the clay when the model is finished.

You will now need a small empty jar. One portion of the inside of the jar can be painted white as a backdrop for the model to show up the dirty pollution. Glue the model onto the inside of the lid using a latex (waterproof) adhesive and leave it to dry.

Fill the jar with water and then sprinkle in some black glitter and mix it round. Lower your model into the water as you screw the lid on tightly. When you are happy with the finished ornament you can glue the lid on to avoid leaks. Turn the jar over and give it a good shake. The car will be surrounded by black pollution – a smogstorm!

Completed this activity? Use our show and tell facility to upload your work and help the island inhabitants to improve this zone.

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