2019 Air, Air Everywhere poetry contest

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Air Program

March 19, 2019

2019 Air, Air Everywhere Poetry Contest

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For all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s teachers can help DNR celebrate Clean Air Month this May by leading students through an activity (or more than one!) from the Air, Air Everywhere Teacher’s Activity guide, which aims to teach all third, fourth and fifth grade students about air quality and the importance of clean air. 

Teachers can submit original poems or riddles created by their students as part of the Where’s the Air? activity in the Air, Air Everywhere guide to the Wisconsin DNR.  The winning poem (and two runners-up) will be featured on DNR’s website.  The winner will receive an award certificate and a class set of “It all adds up to cleaner air” solar calculators.


  • Open to Wisconsin’s third, fourth and fifth grade students only.
  • Teachers can submit up to three entries per class.
  • Any form of original poetry is acceptable.  Entry must be 200 words or less and describe air and/or the importance of clean air.
  • Writing must be the original work of the student.
  • Each entry must include the name of the author, the name of the teacher, the teacher’s e-mail and phone number, and the school address
  • Mail entries to:

    Lindsay Haas

    Wisconsin DNR

    141 NW Barstow Street, Rm. 180

    Waukesha, WI 53188

    Or e mail to: Lindsay.Haas@wisconsin.gov

  • Entries must be received by Friday, May 3, 2019 to be eligible. Contest entries will not be returned and will become the property of the contest sponsor. Teachers of the winning students will be notified by May 17, 2019.

As part of the Where’s the Air? activity, students will complete simple sensory experiments to discover the characteristics of air and then write a poem or riddle describing air.

Teachers, do not forget to use the Wisconsin air quality facts and information document to help all students complete their riddles and poems.  This resource is filled with facts on Wisconsin’s air quality history and current status to help students understand our state’s continually improving air quality! 

The complete Air, Air Everywhere guide, available for download, includes ten activities.  Hard copies may also be ordered by sending your name and mailing address to DNRAirEducation@wisconsin.gov.

For more information on the Poetry Contest, please visit DNR’s Air Program webpage or contact Lindsay Haas, (262) 574-2113, Lindsay.Haas@wisconsin.gov.