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Air, Air Everywhere activity guide

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For more information about the poetry contest, contact:
Lindsay Haas

May is Clean Air Month2018 Air, Air Everywhere Poetry Contest

2018 Air, Air Everywhere poetry contest

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 [exit DNR], which aims to teach 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students about air quality and the importance of clean air.

Teachers, please submit original poems and riddles created by your students as part of the Where’s the Air? [PDF exit DNR] activity to the Wisconsin DNR. The winning poem (and two runners-up) will be featured on the DNR’s website. The winner will receive an award certificate and a class set of “it all adds up to cleaner air” solar calculators to share with his/her classmates.


  • Open to all 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students in Wisconsin.
  • Teachers can submit up to three entries per class.
  • Any form of original poetry or riddle 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
  • E-mail entries to:
    Or mail to:
    Lindsay Haas
    Wisconsin DNR
    141 NW Barstow Street, Rm. 180
    Waukesha, WI 53188
  • Entries must be received by Friday, May 4, 2018 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 18, 2018.

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

New for 2018! Teachers, use the new Wisconsin air quality facts and information [PDF] document to help all students complete their riddles and poems. The new 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!

Winning poems

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in past years’ annual Air, Air Everywhere Poetry Contest.


2017 winning poem

By fifth grader Ali Adhami of Madinah Academy of Madison

Ode to Air

Air, air, it's everywhere,
In your face and in your hair
It can be a gentle breeze,
It leaves your mouth when you sneeze,
It can be a strong gust,
It can carry debris or dust.
So when you feel air blow by,
Just remember to say "hi."

Air, air, in the sky,
It can carry a plane or a fly,
Sweet air, cradle of life,
Protect it, without any strife.
You inhale it,
You exhale it,
If of air we were deprived,
None of us would have survived

Air, air it's so great,
About that there is no debate,
You don't have to be quiet,
Feel free to start a riot.
Let's work on the solution,
To curb the air pollution,
And make sure no one protests,
That air needs our best.

Runners up

By fifth grader Elaina Nemes of Viroqua Middle School in Viroqua

Air, Air Everywhere

Air, Air all around
From the big blue sky
to the grassy ground

Humans, animals, and vegetation
need clean air
in every nation

We take oxygen in
and release carbon dioxide
which helps new plants begin

When we pollute our precious air
we kill our environment
Do we care?

Let's do our part and work as a team
Let's recycle and bicycle
to keep our air clean.

By fourth grader Rose Trondson of Yahara Valley Elementary School in Edgerton

It's as fast as a rabbit,
It's as powerful as a bear,
You cannot see it,
But you know it's there.
It carries smells,
It's cold and fierce,
But it can be a great relief,
In summers hot pierce.
It's everywhere,
You cannot live without this, what is it?

Answer: air


2016 winning poem

By 3rd grader Carson Kerrigan of St John Nepomucene School in Little Chute

Air, air, why do we care?
We breathe it in again and again.
We do not see air but know you're there,
We can hear you whistle and hear you blow,
Even though you might not show.
I can feel you gently blow on my face,
As I try to win my race.
Air, air, some of your smells are fair,
But others curl my nose hair!

Runners up

By Pawnee Doddridge-Hornett of Warrens Elementary School in Warrens


Sometimes you can smell, hear, see, feel, and/or taste me.
I am everywhere, but space.
Without me, you would die.
I contain oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water vapor.
I am the thing that brings the smell of chocolate to you from the bag it was in.
Gases pollute me.
Plants help me.
I let you fly your kites.
I really wish you would stop polluting me.
What am I?

I am Air.

By 3rd grader Rowan Smithberger of Girl Scout Troop 2534 from Middleton


Air is light as a feather
But clear as clean glass,
It flies like a bird
Experienced in flight.
But it has no wings
Or a mouth,
But still howls...
Even with its cunning disguise
We all know it's there.


2015 winning poem

By: Kelsey Olmen of Green Lake School District

With Every Small Breath

With every small breath I feel alive
The freshness heals me and lets me thrive
With every small breath I feel I can fly
With the birds who enjoy the air as much as I
With every small breath I sing and run around
With all the air-lovers that I have found
With every small breath that is clean and fair
I am healed by the wind with love and care
As everyone else is in this world with clean, fresh air in every small breath.

Second place

By: Megan Johnson of Argyle School District

Air, Air Everywhere

Air, air everywhere
Beautiful, clean, crisp air.
The grass is green, the sky is blue
What does clean air mean to you?

Stop, wait here.
Do you hear that breeze whispering in your ear?
Fresh, cool, lovely breeze
Will overcome you with ease.

Smog, gas, smoke
These air hitchhikers may make you choke.
In your lungs these will stay
Make a stand, say this in not okay.

Trees and greens
Will help, so by all means.
You can plant, garden or grow
To keep the pollution low.

Air, air everywhere
Beautiful, clean, crisp air.
The grass is green, the sky is blue
Ask yourself what you can do.

Third place

By: Maggie Godfrey of Argyle School District

Air is Everywhere

Oh where, oh where can I find some clean air? Up high in the sky or way down in the ground, where is the air, I will tell you it is all around. Air is to share because it is everywhere. Don't pollute or you might end up in a dispute.

Smoking, fires, fumes and debris limit birds flying and ability to see. Limiting pollution is a great solution.

I do not want to see illness or plants that do not thrive or smog over cities that affect us when we drive. If everyone does their share, the gift will be CLEAN AIR!


2014 winning poem

By: Lilia Rose Osborne of Edgewood Campus School in Madison


You can't see it but you can breathe it...
It can fill a box, a room, a building...
And even you...
Air is just air...
Just oxygen, the thing that gives us life...
Just a substance formed by a tree's sighs...
A tree's songs...
A tree's hard, hard, work...
Thank you, tree...
Did you think? Did you know?
That air is history...
A historic past...
A historic present...
A historic future...
You inhale, you let it go...
Then they inhale what you inhaled...
And let it go...
And it goes on and on... and on...
And think... think...
People... famous, poor...
Singers, presidents, saints...
You may have breathed their air...
It may lie inside of you...
Right now...

Second place

By: Kathryn Arnold of Clinton Middle School in Clinton

Where Is Air?

Where is Air?
Air is around us.
Air is around our hair.
You can't see it, but we know it's there.

Air is in H2O
Fresh air?
That's a go!

Air, Air it can't be seen
Let's keep it there
Let's not pollute
Let's keep it clean!

Air is around the world
Air is in the clouds
Air is one big swirl!

There are different moods in the Air
Some are blowy
Some are gentle
Some are snowy!

In the city,
If more people aren't careful
Air can be black
Ew! That's nasty!

Keep our Air clean
Keep our Air fresh
Keep our Air nice
We'll do our best!

Instead of drive,
You can walk
Instead of text,
You can talk

Try to make our Air nice and fresh
Once we do, let's keep it there
Because what would we do without...
Air, Air Everywhere!

Third place

By: Caden Rohan of River View School in Kaukauna


It is freshening with a chill to it,
Like an icy mint,
It's warm at the same time
Like the beams of the sun falling on to my skin,
Its calming as it goes through my lungs,
Clouds floating through it yet,
It's not the sky, swiftly carried by the wind,
As I jump into it, I could not survive without it.


2013 winning poem

By: Ingrid Sokup of Hayward School District


Like an invisible magic
It's nothing, but something
Quiet, watching us play
It's foggy and smoky
Has no boundaries
And never ends in a way

It's crispy and cool
On a mid-fall day
It's edge, but clean
And has a particular sway

It's freezing and frigid
On a wintery day
As soft as a cloud
But as hard as a rock

In summer it's humid
And hot and sweet
With a faint blueberry smell
And big waves of heat

In springtime it smells
Like nothing ever happened
And tomorrow is perfect
And everything's good

Second place

By: Evan Salywedel of Warrens Elementary


I keep you alive every day.
What am I?
I get polluted by cars and trucks.
What am I?
I cool you down with a breeze when it is hot.
What am I?
I make your kite fly.
What am I?
I can throw down trees on houses.
What am I?
I can make hurricanes and tornadoes.
What am I?
I can make tsunamis and tide waves.
What am I?
I am very cold in the winter.
What am I?
I can carry the smells of pie or bad rotten smells.
What am I?
I am taken in by trees and flowers to be cleaned.
What am I?
Please keep me clean!

Third place

By: Monica Kemstra of Ronald Reagan Elementary

Air Poem

I feel it blowing on my face. I wish I was in a warmer place!
I see the branches swaying. I'm not so glad we're staying.
I smell the dampness and the pretty flowers. I look up to see a cloud tower.
When I taste it, it's cold on my tongue. When I breathe it, it goes into my lungs.
I hear the soft sound of it when it blows. If you're out boating it can ripple through the water when you row.
What is it?

Answer: Air!


2012 winning poem

By: Abby Ahlborn & Morgan Phillipich of Eagle River Elementary School

Can You Guess?

I'm usually very quiet but not always.
Nobody can live without me.
I'm one of nature's best friends,
but cars and gas hurt me,
we are like enemies.
Plants keep me going and I keep you going.

Can you guess what I am?

Answer: Air

Runners up

By: Bryan Groshek of Amherst Elementary


Whoosh! Whirl!
These are the sounds I make.
What am I?
I blow down houses, I knock down trees.
What am I?
I blow leaves, I calm thoughts.
What am I?

I am the AIR!

I give you oxygen.
What am I?
I give plants carbon dioxide.
What am I?
You run and jump through me.
What am I?

I am the AIR!

All you do is pollute me.
What am I?
You open factories that hurt me.
What am I?
I need your help now.
What am I?

I am the AIR!

By: Rachel of Amherst Elementary


I am the air,
The dark*, smoggy, polluted, air.
Stop doing this to me.**
Ride bikes, not cars.
Turn off the lights.***

* gasp
** sputter
*** Breathe heavily

I am the air.
The clean, fresh, non-polluted, air.
I forgive you for pollution me!
You did what I said!
You turned out the lights!
You saved energy!
We can breathe!
I knew you could do it!


2010 winning poem

By: Jacob LaFleur of St. Matthias School

Where's the air,
I know not where.
In daytime bright,
I see the light,
and yet the air escapes my stare.

In the dark of night,
I feel its windy fright,
and still the air escapes my stare.

In spring, the smell of the air is sweet,
in summer we all feel its heat.
Winter brings the very cold,
and in fall its scent is leaves of old.

This is a challenge to my senses,
as I know air has no senses.

To keep the air sweet, fresh and clean,
should be the best of all our dreams.

Runners up

By: Gia Gonzalez of Whittier Elementary School


I float around above your head and in other places.
I am not a color such as green or blue.
You can't see me but you know I'm there, going in and out throughout your body.
What am I?

By: Britney of Waupaca Learning Center


Air up, air down,
To the left and to the right,
In front of you and behind you,
The thing that's always around you,
It's meant for life and people,
Flowers and trees,
Animals and bright blue skies,
Air is meant for everything.

By: Jenna of St. Matthias School

I Am

I am what keeps you alive, I am what helps you survive.
I am every bit of freshness,
I am what keeps you through the day with zestness.
I am with you every breath you take and every step you take.
I am what keeps you awake.
I am air.
I am.

Last revised: Tuesday March 20 2018