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How Clean is the Air in Your Community?

A special report in USA Today is an attention getter.
Smokestack Effect - Toxic Air and America's Schools

Bad air hurts all the residents in a community. It can have a serious impact on people who are sick.
Everyone agrees that something must be done to improve air quality and reduce air pollution.


Harness the EPA AIRNow site and Indoor & Outdoor Air pollution project, as well as, other resources to evaluate the quality of your community's air.

Scorecard - Pollution in Your Community | NRDF - Issues Air | 360Data website

Identify the major and minor local/regional polluters.


Take Action - develop a presentation that informs your community about the situation.

Your presentation must state the problem. Explain why/how it is a problem.

Set a S.M.A.R.T. goal - (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results oriented, Time bound.)

Provide several actions to take to remedy the situation.

Outline the benefits of your suggestion(s).

Be realistic in your action proposal. (Your approach should be doable in the real world.)

Proof read the project. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneek in to the bets worc. smiling icon



As a class - Evaluate the presentation projects.

Which is the most persuasive?

What change(s) will you make?


The Congress recognizes that each person should enjoy a healthful
environment and that each person has a responsibility to contribute to
the preservation and enhancement of the environment. National Environmental Policy Act Sec. 101


Air Pollution | EPA - Air Pollution site | NIH - Air Pollution

The Scientific Method - watch this report about the challenges of air quality in one community.
Will you choose to live near a chemical plant?

Clean Coal Technology - fact or fiction investigation | Learn about clean coal technology

Only action produces change. - Basic Social Marketing - Social Marketing Lite

Writing to persuade | Program buy in community development

Are you working in a group? Assign the group member who is to find each answer or fact.
Everyone will be researching info.
(how to work as a group)

Tech Tip: Working in a group or in two different places like the library & home? You do not have to be physically together to work together. gold starWatch Google Docs video TAI - How could you use free, Google Docs to do a project? How would this facilitate group projects?

Rubric template - teacher resource

Problem Based Learning Projects / Internet Hunts / Nature / Civics / Computers / Pennsylvania Projects / Puzzles & Projects / Mrs O's House

developed by Cynthia J. O'Hora Released to public domain and Posted 12/2008