What's The Air Forecast?

Activity 1 (Engage): What's That in the Sky?

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Activity Summary

Students are introduced to the anchor phenomenon for the unit by looking at a picture of a city at two different times: half of the picture shows the city hazy with smog, and the other half is clear. Students consider what could be causing this unusual phenomenon.

Activity Objectives & Materials

Approximate Time: 30-45 minutes



  • Students will make observations and hypotheses, and ask questions to better understand the anchor phenomenon



  • Computer & projector

  • Investigation Tracker (teacher guide)



  • I See, I Think, I Wonder

  • Investigation Tracker

  • Air Quality Champion interview (optional)

Standards Connection




1. Frame the Activity


2. Introduce the Phenomenon

3. What Could Be Causing This?


4. July 9, 2018

5. Formative Assessment

Reading: Amelia Draper - Air Quality Champion


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