How do you get sick because of air in your house?

Grade level:  3rd- 5th grades

Skills: Addison and subtraction

Related environmental issues: Air 

Luckily, we don’t have anybody who die because of the air in your house (household air pollution) in the United States. However, many people around the world get sick and even die because of household air pollution. One out of 6 people in the world doesn’t have electrity and burns wood or coal in their house for cooking and heating instead. Breading harmful smoke from burning materials inside the house damages their health.

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1. In the Philippines, Asia, 47,676 men and 39,003 female unfortunately died because of household air pollution in 2016 alone. How many deaths did the Philippines have due to household air pollution?

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2. In the same year, 37,461 deaths occurred because of car crashes in the United States. How many more or less people died from household air pollution in the Philippines?


World Health Organization, Global Health Observatory data respiratory, Death by country

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, State by State general statistics for 2016

Photo- Science Daily, 2012. Open-fire cooking may affect child cognitive development



Answer keys

  1. 47,676 + 39,003 = 86,679
  2. 86,679 – 37,461 = 49,218 more people

Which county generated more solar power – the United States or China?

Grade level:  3rd- 5th grades

Skills: Circle graph

Related environmental issues: Energy

The circle graph below shows five countries that generated the largest amount of solar power, electricity generated from solar energy, in the world in 2017.


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  1. What country generated the largest amount of solar power in the world?
  2. What percentage did the United States make up?
  3. What country generated twice as much solar power as Italy?
  4. Did China make up more or less than the rest of the world combined?

Sources: REN 21, 2018



Answer keys

  1. China
  2. 13%
  3. Germany
  4. more