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The American Lung Association


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  • Articles and Websites
  • Videos, 19 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States

American Lung Association: Ozone

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  • This article provides up-to-date information about how low-level ozone is formed, a short animation of ozone molecules damaging lungs, and details about populations at risk from ozone pollution.

Teaching Tips


  • This well-outlined article provides findings from recent scientific studies and highlights the health risks from ozone.
  • It also differentiates ozone pollution (i.e., smog) from the ozone layer, which is beneficial for all life on Earth.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This resource is easy to follow and self-explanatory.


  • This resource could provide cross-curricular connections to social studies, English, and history courses that address social injustice, particularly related to proximity to sources of pollution.
  • Biology classes could focus on the impacts of pollutants on cell systems and individual cells, such as if they affect the cell membrane, enzyme activity, or damage DNA.
  • Environmental science classes could discuss the effects of ozone pollution on other plant and animal communities and think about how that may affect entire ecosystems.
Scientist Notes
The resource gives insights on chemical properties of ozone and its formation.
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      • R.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including figurative and connotative meanings. Analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning, tone, and mood. Examine technical or key terms and how language differs across genres. (RI&RL)
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