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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...
Grade Level   4 5 6
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This lesson focuses on devices that are used to detect air pollution. Teams of students construct outdoor air pollution detectors from everyday materials. They then test their devices to see how much particulate pollutants they can capture.
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This unit is designed to introduce students to watersheds, computer mapping tools (Google Earth), and ocean currents through a discussion of ocean and water borne pollution. The unit is designed around a 9th grade Earth Science class, and run over three 80 minute class periods. The first lesson...
Grade Level   9
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Published in 2017
What is air pollution? Learn how greenhouse gasses, smog, and toxic pollutants effect climate change, and human health.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2000
"Gases trapped in ice cores show the dramatic impact that human activities have had on the planet since the Industrial Revolution. This graph, from the website accompanying the FRONTALINE/NOVA special """"""""What's Up with the Weather?-"""""""" reveals how atmospheric carbon dioxide, methane, and...
Grade Level   11 12
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This interactive map shows light pollution across the world.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Students brainstorm different sources of pollution. Then, students make their own miniature ocean inside a water bottle, and pollute it with waste and oil to observe the effects on animals in the water. A demonstration shows students the effect of oil on birds' feathers and discuss the consequences...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3
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Improve place-consciousness and provide context for the importance of measuring light pollution in your students' neighborhoods. engage your students in a global citizen science project, Globe At Night.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2006
Students learn about the Human Footprint data set, analyze a map showing where and to what extent humans have influenced Earth, and participate in class discussion.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2016
Engineers are problem solvers! They figure out how to solve problems by coming up with some solutions and trying them out in an organized way. Taking notes throughout their problem-solving process, scientist ask what, how, and why as they work to identify solutions. Using the Earth as a model, this...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2016
This activity uses turbidity, pH, phosphate and nitrate readings to help you determine the quality of your water.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2015
Do you want to try cleaning up an oil spill yourself? This experiment will help you understand why it is such a difficult task. All of the tools you will need are environmentally friendly and easy to find. By the end of this lesson, students should be able to: determine which sorbents best absorb...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Why is CO2 increasing in the atmosphere? Who is doing it? Many people think that CO2 is “pollution-” so that clean burning should be a way to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. In this demonstration, we review basic chemistry (see illustration) to realize that producing CO2 is an...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Earth's climate is a product of and is affected by many things—and it's changing. Long-term and short-term processes, such as plate tectonics and volcanism, contribute to climate. Likewise, human influences, such as rising CO2 levels from fossil fuel burning and deforestation, play active...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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A watershed is an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas. Watersheds are studied for their contribution to the health of local water systems; many pollutants from the land make their way into the rivers and streams, exiting into the ocean. This...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Score Four lessons culminate with student-led stormwater-reduction projects—but before students turn one shovel of dirt, they are engaged in hands-on investigations of their school's watershed and campus. Students assess permeability, stormwater dynamics, pollution sources, soils, and...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2016
Essential Question: What can you do to improve water in the lakes, rivers, and streams in your watershed? Do you know of water in your area where fishing or swimming is not allowed or where the water is not safe to drink? Water is a vital natural resource and protecting our water is a national...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2006
Climate changes have occurred throughout Earth's history, with dramatic consequences to the organisms that live there. Although some climate changes are a part of Earth's natural cycles, others are the byproduct of human activity. In this lesson, students conduct an experiment to learn about carbon...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This 8-minute instructional video provides a model for teachers to follow of a week long investigation of oil spills and the environmental impact they have on shorelines and creatures. Students take on the task of cleaning up a simulated oil spill. The educator uses the 5E curriculum model to engage...
Grade Level   3 4 5
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The mission of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of present and future generations of Mississippians by conserving and improving our environment and fostering wise economic growth through focused research and responsible...
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