Air Quality Teaching Box

Air pollution takes many forms - from particles of soot large enough to see, to individual molecules of ozone and nitrogen oxides. Air quality measurements let people know when the amounts of pollutants pose a health risk. This teaching box is filled with educational resources that help students explore the science of, and solutions to, air pollution.

 

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Air pollution takes many forms - from particles of soot large enough to see, to individual molecules of ozone and nitrogen oxides. Air quality measurements let people know when the amounts of pollutants pose a health risk. This teaching box is filled with educational resources that help students explore the science of, and solutions to, air pollution.

 

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Overview

Teaching Boxes are themed collections of classroom-ready educational resources to build student understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Resources highlighted within teaching boxes are from various science education programs and all have been vetted by the education team at the UCAR Center for Science Education

  • Topic: Air Quality
  • Level: Middle and high school
  • The  Air Quality Teaching Box is made possible with generous support from NASA DISCOVER-AQ and UCAR.
  • How to use this resource: Each tab correlates with a part of the scope and sequence for this topic and includes links to hands-on activities, background content, and multimedia resources. Select the resources within each tab that are best suited for your students to meet the learning goals. (There are often more resources linked within each section than you will need.

Performance Expectation and Standards:

Introduction to Air Pollution

  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Asking Questions and Defining Problems, Developing and Using Models
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: HS and MS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts in Earth Systems
  • NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect, Stability and Change
  • Performance Expectation: Construct an argument supported by evidence for how human use of natural resources impacts air pollution (based on MS-ESS3-4).

Ozone

  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Asking Questions and Defining Problems, Developing and Using Models, Constructing Explanations
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: HS and MS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts in Earth Systems
  • NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect, Stability and Change, Patterns
  • Performance Expectation: Construct an argument supported by evidence (data) for how air pollution impacts people and communities (based on MS-ESS3-4).
  • Performance Expectation: Apply scientific principles to design a study monitoring human impact on the environment (based on MS-ESS3-3)
  • National Geography Standard 1: How to Use Maps and Other Geographic Representations, Geospatial Technologies, and Spatial Thinking to Understand and Communicate Information
  • National Geography Standard 18: How to Apply Geography to Interpret the Present and Plan for the Future
  • CCSS.Math.Content.7.SP.A.2 Use data from samples to draw inferences.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.B.2. Represent and interpret data.

Particulate Matter

  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: MS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts in Earth Systems
  • NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect, Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World
  • Performance Expectation: MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design an experiment for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.7.SP.A.2 Use data from a random sample to draw inferences about a population.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.B.2. Represent and interpret data.

Case Study 1

  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Asking Questions and Defining Problems, Constructing Explanations
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: HS and MS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts in Earth Systems
  • NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect, Stability and Change
  • Performance Expectation: Analyze and interpret data on air pollution to understand how it changes over time and space. (based on MS-ESS3-2)
  • National Geography Standard 1: How to Use Maps and Other Geographic Representations
  • National Geography Standard 18: How to Apply Geography to Interpret the Present and Plan for the Future
  • CCSS.Math.Content.7.SP.A.2 Use data to draw inferences.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.B.2. Represent and interpret data.