- Do you know what a pollutant is?
- What materials will you need for this activity?
- How much time do you need to complete this activity?
- How will you record your observations?
- Go for a walk around your neighborhood or house and collect trash you see (wrappers, masks, organic waste like leaves and sticks, plastic, etc.)
- When you have returned, fill up two jars with water
- Leave one jar with just water, and in the other slowly add one piece of trash at a time
- Record your observations
- Discuss what you notice about the two jars
- What were the similarities and differences between the jars?
- How do pollutants affect the water on Earth?
- What are some different kinds of pollutants?
- How can you help to decrease the amount of pollution in the water on Earth?
- What do you know now that you didn’t know before?
- 2 jars or see through containers
- Garbage bag to collect your trash
- PPE – gloves, mask, shovel, or grabber
- Pen and paper or notebook for observations
Keep it Simple
- Check out these resources for how you can help eliminate pollution. Decide on one thing and take the Planet Protector Pledge to cut down the Earth’s trash. https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/nature/save-the-earth/article/13-ways-to-save-the-earth-from-pollution
Take it Further
- Examine how an oil spill is considered a pollutant and explore different ways we can clean it up.