1. What gases make up the atmosphere of the earth?
a. Name the federal agency responsible for monitoring air quality.
b. What impact does air quality have on human health?
c. What is the air quality forecast for your community today?
d. List the four ingredients that lead to ground level Ozone. Write the chemical symbol for ozone.
e. List 4 actions you can take to limit air pollution.
3. Not my problem. Describe what happened to the polluted air originating in lower Michigan in late summer 2002 or the facts behind "Arvin has averaged 73 bad smog days each year since 2004".
4. Write three facts about Carbon Monoxide. CO (Use your Internet search skills to find the answer.)
How can you protect your family from Carbon Monoxide poisoning?
5. When you buy/sell a home you will have to have it tested
6. All air pollution cannot be controlled or stopped. Explain
7. Acid precipitation is a serious consequence of air pollution.
What is the normal pH of rain?
What is the pH of rain in your area?
How does acid precipitation damage our environment?
8. How has the government sought to limit emissions that cause acid rain?
How does cap and trade FIGHT air pollution?
9. One source of indoor air pollution is pesticides. Chemicals
to kill bugs can also harm people.
What is the 2nd Commandment of IPM for Classrooms?
Who must follow it?
10. Describe the Clean Air Mercury Rule of 2005. (Use your online research skills to find the answer)
View Mercury Deposition From All Sources in 2001. You are considering moving to Pennsylvania.
Which state is the better choice based on mercury pollution data? Explain your choice.
11. Review your community's Pollution Scorecard.
Evaluate the effectiveness of the government in controlling air pollution in your community.
12. Watch Capturing Carbon - Nova Science Now online video Jul. 2008
True or false. People who make discoveries or invent things just find the answer in their heads.
February 1881, Mary Walton received a patent for her invention.
Based on what you have learned doing this activity, what actions should individuals take to deal with air pollution?
Do some research and report on what has been done in your school, community or state to reduce air pollution.
* Saving on Lighting Energy Activity Compare - Contrast bulbs
* Challenge: List the actions that have been taken at your school to control pollution.
* Career Considerations - What do we call a person who studies the atmosphere?
The US Department of Labor predicts the need for people in different fields of work in its Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Select an environment related field/job - What kind of training or education is needed for the job?
"Every American expects and deserves
clean air, and then we act on that belief,
Smokestack Effect - Toxic Air and America's Schools - Where is your school ranked?
How Clean is the Air in Your Community? problem based learning
The Scientific Method - watch this report about the challenges of air quality in one community.
Identify 3 "airy" idioms and explain their true meaning. Try your hand at a humorous explanation.
2004 Cynthia J. O'Hora Educators may print this activity for use in a classroom setting. FAQ Posted 9/2004 utd 4/16
Save a tree - use a digital answer format - Highlight the text. Copy it. Paste it in a word processing document. Save the document in your folder. Answer on the word processing document in an easily read, contrasting color or font. (No yellow, no Symbols, , font) Save regularly as you work. Or perhaps you have the resources to record verbal answers. If you do, be sure to first read / record the question. Then record the answer immediately after it. Make Your Own Printed answer sheet.
Environment and Ecology 4.3. Environmental Health A. Describe environmental health issues. B. Describe how human actions affect the health of the environment. B. Analyze the local, regional and national impacts of environmental health. C. Analyze the need for a healthy environment.
4.8. Humans and the Environment - C. Explain how human activities may affect local, regional and national environments.
Science and Technology
PA Reading Writing, Listening and Speaking and CCS English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Informational Text
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.