On the Air: Exploring Air Pollutions Sources and Solutions

On the Air is an interactive teaching kit developed specifically for sixth grade students in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. The On the Air curriculum facilitates the understanding of air pollution by studying Criteria Air Pollutants, the Air Quality Index, Ozone, Particulate Matter, the Health Effects of Air Pollution, Community Sources and Solutions of Air Pollution and Climate Change. Each unit consists of the following: activity description, curricular ties, time needed, learning objectives, materials needed (kit), teacher preparation, teacher background reading, teacher demonstration procedures, activity procedures, technology connections, student handout, student packets and student worksheets.

Although the curriculum was developed for schools in the Metropolitan Washington D. C. area and incorporates relevant and local data, examples, and issues, it can be downloaded and used by science teachers everywhere.

The On the Air teaching kit and curriculum was developed for Clean Air Partners. Metropolitan Council of Governments, Washington D. C.  For more information on the individual units and to download the curriculum, go to: http://www.cleanairpartners.net/onTheAir.cfm