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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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A Beautiful World Starts With You

This activity booklet contains five pages of coloring and energy conservation activities from Energy Star and the EPA. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate
  • Subject(s): Art
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Lessons and Activities
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A Scientific Cleanup Lesson

Students will learn about problems associated with litter and marine debris. They will design an experiment to investigate litter distribution, make predictions of litter distribution, and participate in a cleanup at the site. Based on the data students collect, they will make conclusions relating litter to the local ecosystem as well as human health and safety. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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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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All the Way to the Ocean Book

All the Way to the Ocean is a children's book about two friend's discovery of the harmful effects of ocean pollution. This story deals specifically with storm drain run-off that travels directly into our natural bodies of water. The story will educate readers and inspire them to fight pollution. The book is available for purchase, with companion resources available on this website. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
  • Type(s): Books and Publications
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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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Are You a River Keeper?

Learners will utilize fundamental techniques to determine the health of a local river. They will collect, compile, display and interpret their data. The students will focus on how water speed affects rates of erosion and deposition. They will focus on the history of, reasons for, and possible solutions to excessive deposition in the southern branch of the Muskegon River or waterway in their community. Through the writing and performing of a short theatrical activity, learners will summarize articles they have read to increase environmental awareness. Learners will become aware of global issues of clean water scarcity. Learners will investigate the many causes of river water pollution and relate them to their sources. Students will then identify four sectors of society and how each can be an agent for change. They will locate and write letters to public service, nonprofit organizations in support of water clarity. After presenting their findings to peers, students will distribute a self-designed pledge, requesting households to commit to positive change. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring
  • Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide
  • Level(s): Middle School
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