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Activity Number 3 - The Clean Air Game

Purpose - To Familiarize Students With Air Pollution Vocabulary And Concepts


  • board game on page 13
  • one die
  • playing pieces for each student
  • paper and pencil for keeping score


Suggested play time is 20 to 30 minutes.

To play the game:

  • Form teams of four or five students.
  • Each student has a playing piece and each team has a die.
  • Players start on one of the Green Spaces and move clockwise around the board.
  • As players land on spaces, they read aloud the description and add or remove pollutants from their 'atmosphere' (or score) as directed.
  • When landing on pollutant spaces, players must add one of those pollutants to their atmosphere.
  • Players may wish to keep track of their own scores but the team score is what matters.
  • The team with the lowest score (cleanest air) wins the game.


Scoring can be done on score sheets or by using manipulatives, such as cheerios and fruit loops, to represent the pollution. When using the cereal, each student starts with 15 pieces of cereal and a handful in the centre of the game. To remove pollutants, players eat the cereal pieces. To add pollutants, they take pieces from the centre of the board and add them to their own pile. Depending on your class, students can keep track of the six individual pollutants and a general pollution score or just the general pollution.

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