Ideas for teaching Girl Scouts about air as it relates to the Breathe Journey.
Learning about Air
The Girl Scout is an organized institution that helps the girl scouts learn about many things in life including learning about air. Learning about air might seem to be too obvious or common knowledge. But, believe me, not many people know much about air. This is the key reason why we have to be very keen when learning about air.
Air is very essential in our lives but most of the people in our current generation fail to acknowledge the importance of this precious commodity that is free from God. When learning about air, we have to be very objective and specific so that we can equip the girl scouts with proper and relevant knowledge.
Discuss Air Pollution
When learning about air, one major topic should be air pollution. There is massive air pollution in the world today. This has led to a lot of misfortunes and catastrophic occurrences to the human race. The rising cases of airborne diseases such as asthma and common cold are all due to air pollution. However, all this is due to the possible lack of understanding that we have about air. This goes a long way to explain the importance of learning.
Enough Knowledge to Change the World
Learning about air is a very wide topic. Apart from just learning about air pollution and its effects to us as human beings, it would also be important for the girl scout guide to teach the girls on some of the things they should do to have clean air and conserve the environment. As the future leaders of this world, girls should have all the knowledge when learning about air so that they can change this world. The girl scouts can learn about the ecosystem and the effects of air pollution to the ecosystem. They can discover aspects of industrial pollution and the green house gas effects caused by the automobiles.
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Focusing on a Solution
Now that your girls have researched some of the problems caused by air pollution, it time to get them focused on a solution. One of the easiest places to start is their own homes. First, have each girl test the air quality in their home by using poster board squares smeared with petroleum jelly placed in several places in the home. Let them sit for a week, and then use a magnifying glass to count the particles that have accumulated on the square to get a good idea of the level of particulate matter.
Have the girls brainstorm ways to improve their own indoor air quality and create a checklist that they can use to implement the changes. Some ideas to include:
- keep floors clean, vacuum often and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter
- mop after vacuuming to keep down dust as well as leave shoes at the front door
- keep humidity at 30-50% to keep down mold and dust allergens
- make the home a no-smoking zone
The girls can use these ideas, or ones they have come up with.
Retesting the Home
Do a re-test of the home in two weeks. Set out the poster board squares with petroleum jelly and let sit for a week then recount the particulate matter. Have the girls record and discuss their observations.
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Visual Snapshot of Air Quality
Another great way to teach the girls about air quality is to do an experiment which provides them a very visual snapshot of the air they breathe. You will need white poster board, scissors, petroleum jelly, string, hole punch, magnifying glass, permanent marker and a journal.
Testing the Air in 5 Areas
Have the girls decide on five areas where they would like to test the air. This can be inside a home, in a yard, or at another location outside (with permission from the property owner).
Creating Testing Samples
Then cut the poster board into five squares and draw a slightly smaller square inside with permanent marker. Number each square. Punch holes in the poster board, thread the string through and hang up the squares in the testing areas, making sure to record which number corresponds to which area. Lastly, smear the inside of the smaller square with petroleum jelly.
Collect Squares & Inspect Results
In a week, collect the squares and using a magnifying glass, count the number of particles that you find in each of the petroleum jelly covered areas. Record your observations.
Girl Scout Reactions
Have the girls discuss their reactions to the number of particles in the air they breathe and determine what problems breathing in these particles might result in. After they discuss their results, they are ready to move on to the next step in the journey: finding a solution.
Are your Girl Scouts working on the Breathe Journey? What ideas would you like to share? We would love to hear from you! Please leave your comments!