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AIR POLLUTION IN the Community

Activity 4 (Explain): Particulate Matter and

Human Health

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Activity Summary

In this activity, students learn about the major health effects of particulate matter pollution by engaging with a simulation and watching a video. They also determine what things they believed about combustion pollution are true and which are false.

Teacher Tip: If you have already done Module 1 with students, you can choose to skip this activity, or take a moment to refresh students’ memories by replaying the Lung Attack Simulation in step 3.

Activity Objectives & Materials

Approximate Time: 30-45 minutes

Objectives:

  • Students will be able to identify the major health risks of particulate matter pollution.

  • Students will be able to compare and contrast the health effects of PM 2.5 and PM 10.

 

Materials:

  • Sentence strips

  • Student computers (optional)

  • Computer & projector

Handouts:

  • The Health Effects of Particulate Matter

Standards Connection

 

Warm-up

 

1. Frame the Activity

 

2. Fact or Fiction

3. Lung Attack

 

4. How PM Affects Your Brain (optional)

5. Compare and Contrast

6. Return to Fact or Fiction

7. Question Check-in

8. Formative Assessment

 

For more information about On the Air 2020, contact:

Rebecca Davis, Education Manager

rnjidavis@gmail.com

For more information about Clean Air Partners, check out our website at:  www.cleanairpartners.net

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