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Topic 2 - TRANSPORTATION, AIR POLLUTION, AND HEALTH CONSEQUENCES

These lessons begin with a simple crossword puzzle that teachers can use as a warm-up to discussions about air pollution. This activity helps motivate students to begin thinking about the vocabulary associated with automobile emissions and air pollution.

Subjects Addressed

English, Language Arts and Reading, Science, Social Studies, Health Education

Lesson 1 AIR POLLUTION VOCABULARY

Activity Type:

Classroom discussion, independent activity

Suggested Time:

Approximately 30 minutes (Grades 3-5)

Student Objectives:
  • Become familiar with key terms related to air pollution.
  • Identify Texas cities affected by air pollution.

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Download Wordlist (PDF, 29KB)

Download Texas Map (PDF, 306 KB)

Download Smog Photos (ZIP, 2.8MB)

Download Tex and Dot Activity Book (PDF, 5.2MB)

Lesson 2 IS THERE DIRT IN THE AIR?

Activity Type:

K-5

Suggested Time:

Two class periods

Student Objectives:
  • Students will capture and observe dirt and particulate matter in the air.

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Lesson 3 SMOG ALERT

Activity Type:

Classroom demonstration

Suggested Time:

Approximately 30 minutes for grades 4-5

Student Objectives:
  • Simulate the development of smog.
  • Infer how smog occurs in nature.

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