What's The Air Forecast?

Activity 3 (Explore): Pollution, Power Plants, and People

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Activity Summary

In this activity, students look at maps of air pollution sources, air quality, and population to see how humans impact the environment. They will use this information to determine if the haze in their phenomenon photographs could be man-made.

Activity Objectives & Materials

Approximate Time: 45-60 minutes


  • Students will use maps to identify connections among air quality, population, and electricity production


  • Computer & projector

  • Chart paper (for research sources list)

  • Student computers (optional)


  • Humans Activities and the Earth

Standards Connection




1. Frame the Activity


2. The World Air Quality Globe & Map

3. Identifying Pollution Sources


4. Identifying Large Human Populations

5. Putting the Pieces Together

6. Check for Understanding

7. Return to the Phenomenon

8. Formative Assessment


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Rebecca Davis, Education Manager


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