Air Pollution

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
4 5 6
Organization:Teach Engineering
Summary:Students are introduced to the concept of air quality by investigating the composition, properties, atmospheric layers, and everyday importance of air. They explore the sources and effects of visible and invisible air pollution. Looking at models and mas, they explore the consequences of pollutant transport via weather and water cycles. Using simple models, they study the greenhouse effect, the impact of increased greenhouse gases on the planet's protective ozone layer and the global warming theory. By building and observing a few simple models of pollutant recovery methods, students explore the modern industrial technologies designed by engineers to clean up and prevent air pollution.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 3; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.C; ESS3.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS3-3; MS-ESS3-5; MS-ETS1-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Stability and change
Subjects: air; air quality; atmosphere; climate change; elementary school; engineering; k-5 geosource; meteorology; pollution; water; weather
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