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What Can You Do? - Air Pollution: What's the Solution?

What Can You Do?

 --> Is there anything that people can do everyday to improve air quality?

At this point, you have accumulated a large amount of information pertaining to air quality. In this lesson, you will complete the KWL that was started in the first lesson, What Do You Know? and create a flyer (poster, web page, etc.) to educate others about air quality.


  1. Access the Ozone map used in the first activity. Try to answer everything that was listed in the What We Want to Learn column of the KWL chart you started in the first lesson, What Do You Know?, and/or the questions below:
    • What is outdoor air pollution?
    • What do you think causes outdoor air pollution?
    • Where does outdoor air pollution come from?
    • Have you ever seen air pollution? How do you know? Was there smoke coming out of a smokestack, or tailpipe? Could you smell it?
    • Is air pollution a solid, a liquid or a gas?
    • Where do you think you can get information about air pollution?
    • Do you think human beings are affected by air pollution? How?
    • What else do you think might be affected by air pollution?
    • Why do you think air pollution is measured?
    • How can we get rid of outdoor air pollution?
    • Have you heard the term ozone before? Do you know that there are two types of ozone? High level and ground level ozone?
    • Have you heard about particle pollution before?
    • Do you think particles floating in the air can effect humans? How?
    • How do you think the particles get into the air?
  2. Create an informational flyer (poster, web page, etc.) about air quality and why it is a problem in certain areas of the country. Your group may choose to create a flyer that addresses national concerns or focus on a region of the country that has a chronic problem. The flyer may focus on any aspect of the air quality problem, but all flyers in some way must address the following points:
    • How ground-level ozone is formed
    • How particle pollution is generated
    • Health concerns associated with ground level ozone and particle pollution
    • Steps citizens can take to decrease amounts of ground level ozone generated
    • Steps citizens can take to decrease amounts of particle pollution generated
    • Steps citizens can take to protect themselves in the event of a poor air quality day
    • Use the AIRNow web site to obtain real-time air quality information.

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