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ACE

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Health

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plans
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 46 seconds, CC
  • Worksheets

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, California

Format

Google Docs, PDF

Mapping Air Pollution in Oakland, CA

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Synopsis
  • In this lesson, students will learn about air pollution associated with vehicle traffic, watch a short video, answer questions, and complete a heat map of Nitric Oxide (NO) air pollution in Oakland, CA.
  • The resource discusses how air pollution affects some communities more than others and how regulatory decisions can affect which communities are affected by certain types of pollution.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource is great for virtual learning as it includes a video and Google Doc for students.
  • The lesson plan is very detailed and comprehensive, so minimal planning is required.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers need to make a free account to access the materials.

Differentiation

  • The Google Doc can be modified for English language learners or students at different ability levels.
  • Science students could use this resource to augment a lesson about diffusion, as the heat map activity shows students the patterns of diffusion and the changing concentration of nitric oxide with increasing distance. 
  • Social studies and civics classes could use this resource to highlight the benefits of environmental regulations for community health. 
  • Other resources about environmental pollution include this article and this video.
Scientist Notes

In the activity, colors used in drawing the isolines for each interval for the production of a heat map are appropriate. This resource is recommended for teaching.

Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.6.7 Compare and contrast how different formats, including print and digital media, contribute to the understanding of a subject. (RI&RL)
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog1.b.m Interpret patterns in a variety of maps, charts, and graphs to display geographic information (contour, cartogram, population, natural resource, historical maps) and explain relationships among them.
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