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 state sent more CO2, California or New York?

Grade level: 3rd – 5th grades

Skills: Bar graphs

Related environmental issues: Air / climate change

The bar graph below shows the 10 states that sent the most CO2 into the air in our nation in 2015.

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1. Which state sent more CO2 into the air, California or New York?

2. Which state sent less CO2 into the air, Texas or Pennsylvania?

3. How much more CO2 did California send into the air than Florida?

4. Which state sent 56 million tons more CO2 than Michigan?

5. Which sent send as much CO2 as Louisiana, Ohio, and Indiana combined?

Sources:U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2018



Answer keys

  1. Califronia
  2. Pennsylvania
  3. 364 – 231 = 130
  4. 163 + 56 = 219  Illinois
  5. 218 + 215 + 188 = 621:  Texas