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Lesson Plan Title & DescriptionGrade LevelCurriculum Areas Expert Advice

UV Detectives

Using UV sensitive beads students will test the effectiveness of different products in protecting against UV radiation.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Preventing Lung Illnesses

In this lesson, students will learn the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system, and research air pollutants that affect respiration.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

It's Getting Hot Out Here: Should I Be Concerned?

Middle school students will describe why global warming is an environmental health issue and how it can potentially affect human health.

High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You, Part 1

Students analyze effects and solutions of this mostly invisible and often unheard of health hazard, indoor air pollution.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You, Part 2

Students examine environmental health issues that have caused schools to literally “make kids sick”.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Every Breath You Take

What is in the air we breathe? In this lesson, students examine particulate matter collected from the air using petri dishes and learn about the respiratory system.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

The Breathtaking Nature of the Urban Explosion Part 1

Students use information gathered from a Web Quest to write an essay that correlates the effects of urban explosion on the health of area inhabitants.

High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

The Breathtaking Nature of the Urban Explosion Part 2

Students will explore the relationship between surface ozone and asthma by measuring the air pollutant, ozone, and correlating it with other atmospheric conditions.

High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

The Breathtaking Nature of the Urban Explosion Part 3

For this web-based lesson, students analyze the symptoms and treatments of asthma.

High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

The Breathtaking Nature of the Urban Explosion Part 4

The focus of this laboratory based lesson is to complete students’ understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system.

High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

It's a Bright and Beautiful Day - Protect Yourself!

Tan and beautiful, but are they healthy? Students are provided with background information on skin cancer.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Breathing and Asthma

In this activity, middle school students use internet video to learn about the respiratory system and the path of oxygen through the circulatory system.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Air Matters

Air pollution has been a problem since the beginning of the Industrial Age. Students will educate their peers about particulate matter, including air pollutants.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Heavy Breathing

In this lesson, students will use the air quality index rating scale, data about specific air pollutants, and asthma rates by county.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Weather for Health

In this lesson, students will convert given information into bar graphs in order to make sense of numbers.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Compare Your Air

How does the air quality index in one area of the state or country compare with that in another location?

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Lesson Seeds

Presentations

Interview

Meet Matthew Seybold
who monitors air quality for the state of Maryland

Video

Breaking the Mold
is a video, set in a reality TV house, that focuses on indoor air pollution.

General Resources

 

 

U.S. Department of Education Star Schools Program