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“On the Air” Curriculum Units 1-7

The On the Air curriculum facilitates the understanding of air pollution by studying: Criteria Air Pollutants, the Air Quality Index, Ozone, Particulate Matter, the Health Effects of Air Pollution, Community Sources and Solutions of Air Pollution and Climate Change. Each unit consists of the following: activity description, curricular ties, time needed, learning objectives, materials needed (kit), teacher preparation, teacher background reading, teacher demonstration procedures, activity procedures, technology connections, student handout, student packets and student worksheets. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Atmosphere Climate
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland Virginia District of Columbia
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Acid Rain: Where Have All the Rainbows Gone Lesson

Using a Soil pH lab, students will investigate the source, mechanism of formation, form, and effect of acid precipitation. Over the course of four class periods (40-45 minutes each), students will develop a basic understanding for the pH scale, the mechanism for acid precipitation formation, and the underlying social and economic issues beneath the problem. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Atmosphere
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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Air Pollution: What’s the Solution Curriculum Guide

This curriculum guide uses online real time data to guide student discovery of the science behind the causes and effects of outdoor air pollution. Through this project, students will focus on outdoor air pollution; what it is, what factors contribute to its formation and the health effects from breathing polluted air. Students will use data and animated maps from the Internet and monitor for the presence of air pollution. Students are challenged to think critically and creatively about the problems surrounding air pollution. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Atmosphere
  • Subject(s): Science, Technology
  • Type(s): Books and Publications
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: New York
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Air Quality Index Toolkit for Teachers

This Toolkit provides teachers with easy-to-use and engaging lesson plans, additional activities, and other resources to teach students about the connections between air quality, health, weather, and other related science topics, as well as actions students can take to protect their health and reduce air pollution. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Atmosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
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Alternative Fuels Used in Transportation Activities

The projects included in this resource are designed to give students the opportunity to create their own investigation and test alternative fuels to discover how they influence transportation. The projects included will fit easily with regular classroom lessons surrounding scientific inquiry and the scientific method. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
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An Inconvenient Truth In The Classroom

Climate Classroom is a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) initiative that focuses on creating age- and developmentally appropriate curricula and projects that educate youth about the causes of and remedies for global warming. An Inconvenient Truth In the Classroom is the teen component of this initiative, built around the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. It is designed to encourage students to analyze the science of global warming and its relevance to current events and their daily lives. The goal of the curriculum is to utilize the popularity of An Inconvenient Truth as a springboard for integrating climate education in high school classrooms. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Climate
  • Subject(s): Art, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Disney’s Friends for Change Green Your Scene Toolkit

Disney's Friends for Change initiative encourages projects that address issues of waste, habitat, climate, and water. This brief Activity Guide contains some great ideas to help jump start projects, and helps teach kids that helping out the planet is a lot easier than they may think. "This Activity Guide will show you how to use the power of working together to help make your school, club, home and neighborhood agreener place for everyone. It's easy to get started. Just grab your friends, make a pledge to work together, and take action to help the planet!" Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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E.P.A. Student Center Website

This website is organized by categories, such as water, conservation, air. Each section contains links to other sites and helpful information, where students can investigate water ecology, pollution, and more. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate Wetlands Wastewater and Stormwater Air Pollution Rivers and Streams Population
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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EPA - Household Emissions Calculator

You can use the following online calculator with your students to get a rough "ballpark" estimate of their personal or family's greenhouse gas emissions, and explore the impact of taking various actions to reduce emissions. The calculator is broken into three sections: Section 1: Estimate your current total household emissions. Section 2: Explore actions you can take to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, and waste disposal costs. Section 3: See how much you can save (in dollars and emissions) by taking the actions you chose in Section 2. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate Air Pollution
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Data
  • Level(s): High School
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EPA Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools

EPA's Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools helps your school and school district reduce the amount of waste you generate. You'll learn how to start a waste reduction program or expand an existing one. The guide will show you how your program can benefit your school, your community, and the environment by reducing, reusing, and recycling your waste. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution
  • Subject(s): Science, Technology
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Curriculum Guide
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