Lesson Packet

Grades 6-8

Air Pollution and Solid Waste unit

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SUBJECTS: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Economics, Solid Waste

Resource Overview

Thematic unit for the middle school classroom covers issues related to garbage and solid waste pollution.

Trash, pollution, and emissions increase as human population grows and people become wealthier. Students investigate the relationship between people and waste and learn ways to reduce their footprint.

Features of This Resource

  • Unit includes 5 lesson plans, 1 student reading and a summative assessment.
  • Students examine pollution as an intersection of environmental problems and societal impacts.
  • Case study lesson on air pollution connects historic local issue with current global challenges.

Unit Lesson Plans & Readings

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Lesson Plans

Market Research

- Students visit the supermarket and investigate products’ containers and packaging options to determine which products would produce the least solid...

People and Climate Change: The Data Is In

- Students interpret various forms of data (graphic, written, and visual) and identify relationships between factors of climate change.

Scraps into Soil Lab

- Students complete a lab activity to observe how organic and inorganic waste decomposes over time in a natural setting. Students...

Secret Life of Stuff

- Students compare the life cycle stages of four everyday products in order to hypothesize which item has the lowest environmental...

What’s Up in the Air?

- Students interpret photos and analyze historical accounts to deduce what human activities contribute to air pollution, and suggest solutions.


The Human Footprint: Air Pollution and Solid Waste

- Air pollution and solid waste background reading: Trash, pollution, and emissions increase as human population grows and people become wealthier....

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