Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8

What’s Up in the Air?

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30 minutes (Part 1); 30 minutes (Part 2)

SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Energy, Public Health

Resource Overview

Students interpret photos, along with historical accounts and online research, to deduce what human activities contribute to air pollution and suggest possible solutions.

Students will be able to:
  • Interpret information from photographs.
  • Identify cause-and-effect relationships between air pollution and its impacts on human health and the environment.
  • Distinguish between ozone and particle pollution and identify specific causes of air pollution.
  • Consider solutions to reduce human impact on air quality.
Patient resting in an oxygen tent due to air pollution in Denora, PA, 1948

Features of This Resource

  • Lesson plan includes story of the Donora Death Smog
  • Student integrate visual information with text information
  • Focus on solutions – students consider how to reduce human impact on air quality

How Do I Get This Lesson Plan?

This lesson plan must be purchased as part of a lesson packet or as part of a full curriculum that is available in our store.

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