Indoor air pollution can cause sneezing, scratchy throats, headaches, and watery eyes. One solution to this problem is plants, which decreases indoor air pollution within a room. Certain plants make the air healthier to breathe.
I was watching the cartoon, Cyberchase- Indoor Air Pollution Episode, with my son and learned these facts. This cartoon episode features Norm, the Gnome, explaining how new paint and furniture can cause air pollution. View Norm’s explanation in this video.
We also learned more plants are needed for a larger room. Larger rooms carry more air pollution; therefore, more plants are needed to purify the air. How do you determine the number of plants needed for a room? The cartoon characters counted tiles in a room to answer this question. Watch this video to see how it’s done. (select How Many Plants Per Room?)
How could you determine the number of plants needed if you don’t have tiles in a room? The answer is estimation. Watch how the characters estimate a room size, using previous knowledge. (select Estimating Room Size).
You can apply this within your classroom or at home.
How we applied this lesson in our home…
- Compiled a list of air purifying plants.
- It is best to compare various lists.
- Research how to care for the plants you choose
- Read books
- Watch YouTube videos
- Ask the plant experts at the store where you made your purchase
- Used estimation to determine the number of plants needed.
- Purchased the plants and materials to care for them.
- Care for the plants.
My family and I enjoy caring for the plants and the benefits of air purification. I have experienced a difference of air quality in our home. Try it out!
Happy Indoor Gardening!
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