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Natural sciences

Grade 4

Matter, substances and materials

Module 57

The dangers of pollution


To discuss the dangers of pollution and to try to make a difference

[lo 3.1.2, 3.2.1]

Unfortunately materials can cause pollution. We all know how important it is to preserve our environment and to prevent pollution as far as possible.

Let’s walk around the school grounds. Look around well and write down your findings.

Write down four things that you see on the school grounds.

Write down four things you saw which upset you or which could have a negative effect on our environment.

Choose one of the negative things and write a letter to the principal to make a suggestion on how the problem can be solved.

Dear ............................................................

Have the teacher or a member of the student council make an announcement about the problem and make an appeal to learners to do something about it.

Role-play: You are a television reporter. Report on the condition of the school grounds just after break.

Discuss ways of preventing pollution. Make a poster and stick it to the wall at the front of the class.

Discuss the use of rubbish removal by the municipality. Find out how rubbish was disposed of in the past and how standards of hygiene have improved over the years.

Let’s use waste material to make


  1. Get a large box and cover it with paper or cardboard that is going to be thrown away.
  2. Make a head on a smaller box and stick it onto the bigger box.
  3. Make a nose, eyes and mouth from waste material.
  4. Make arms, legs and feet.
  5. Keep him in a cupboard and collect recyclable material in him.

Make small stickers with ideas of how to combat pollution and hang them from a fishing line across the class. Use paper clips to hang them up.


LEARNING OUTCOME 3: SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT The learner will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationships between science and technology, society and the environment.

Assessment standard

We know this when the learner

3.1 understands science and technology in the context of history and personal knowledge:

  • describes methods of sending messages over short and long distances.
  • understands the impact of science and technology: identifies features of technological devices around him or her, and tells about their purpose and usefulness:
  • suggests why having running water in a home might make people’s lives easier.


Pollution is a serious problem. If the youth understand this and do something about it then the problem can be controlled. Emphasise this frequently – it will keep the classroom, terrain and town tidier.


Make it a class activity. The children should enjoy it very much.

Questions & Answers

what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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