In The Air - Tools for Learning About Airborne Toxics Across the Curriculum
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"IN THE AIR" (40k pdf)

6-8 Education Module (the entire module as a zipped archive - 3.9 MB)

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in the air6-8 Education Module

Module Overview

In this module, students will explore the issue of airborne toxics, their sources within our communities, and simple steps people can take to protect the quality of our air. A multidisciplinary approach is used throughout this module. This module includes a Core Activity, three Connecting Activities that explore specific themes in greater depth, and suggested extensions. Sources of additional information are listed at the end of each activity and in the background section of this module.

Module Theme

Air pollution is a large and complex problem that negatively affects human health and degrades the environment. Throughout the module, emphasis is placed on the students’ personal experience and personal actions that are reasonable for them to take to reduce their exposure to air pollution.

Module Goals

  • To remove misperceptions about air pollution and to demonstrate the many sources of airborne toxics
  • To explore the idea of health risks posed by the environment in a safe and familiar context
  • To provide basic information about airborne toxics essential for carrying out the module activities
  • To provide scientific background needed to understand the relationships between personal choices and impacts on the environment and human health

Module Objectives

At the completion of this module, students will be able to do the following:

  • List the three categories for air pollution sources.
  • Identify an everyday activity that causes air pollution.
  • Identify a toxic as a substance that can harm human health
  • Describe the factors that contribute to risk from airborne toxics.
  • Identify a personal action to reduce exposures to airborne toxics.
  • Describe how an air pollutant can pollute land and water.

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