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3rd, 4th, 5th


Science, Social Studies, Civics, Health

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  • Digital Text

Regional Focus

North America, United States



"Why Is Coco Orange?" [Book]

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  • This colorful book about fascinating chameleons helps children understand the EPA's Air Quality Index and the implications of pollution on the health of living creatures.
  • It also contains a glossary of terms and some review questions to help with reading comprehension.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource helps young children understand the implications of air pollution.
  • The story is accompanied by captivating and colorful pictures.
  • There is a quiz at the end that can be used to reinforce learning.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a basic understanding of air pollution.


  • Challenge the students to identify some environmental asthma triggers commonly found on school premises and suggest possible solutions.
  • Classes can track the air quality in their community and make a plan for staying safe when the air quality is poor.
  • Students can watch an animated read-aloud of this book here.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a story on air quality and its impact on human health. It guides students who are at risk or susceptible to asthma or other respiratory-related infections with an action plan. This is recommended for teaching.
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    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.5.12 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
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