Introduction to Air Quality Curriculum for Grades 6-12
1. Why Study Air Pollution?
This lesson includes a kick-off activity that helps students understand the basics of air pollution, including causes, effects, and potential solutions. Also included in this lesson is a cooperative Jigsaw activity that offers an in-depth understanding of air.
2. What Impact Does Industry Have On Air Quality?
At the heart of this lesson is map activity in which students will locate businesses in their area that release pollution into the air, the types of emissions from these facilities, and the health hazards of these emissions.
3. What Impact Does Transportation Have On Air Quality? A series of activities to help students understand that America’s transportation system contributes to a large portion of the nation’s environmental problems. In this lesson students will keep a personal transportation chart in order to log their own transportation choices.
4. Why Study Indoor Air Pollution? A series of reading activities to aid students in becoming aware that indoor air pollution can also have significant health effects.
5. What Impact Does Open Burning Have On Air Quality? This lesson focuses on group role-play activity in which students describe a strategy they might use to influence public opinion to use composting as an alternative to open burning.
6. What is Acid Rain? This lesson’s focal point is on the effects of acid rain. Students will role play the part of something that is effected by acid rain while the rest of the class attempts to answer
the question of “Who or What Am I?”
7. What are the Health Impacts of Air Pollution? This concludes the Air Quality lessons. Students engage in a game analyzing case studies to determine the specific pollutants likely to have caused a given set of health symptoms.
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