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AIR POLLUTION IN the Community

Activity 7 (Elaborate): Who is Polluting in

My Neighborhood (optional)

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Activity Summary

In this activity, students use a database to find local sources of air pollution. They identify who the polluters are, what type of industry they come from, what the pollutants are they emit, and how much. By comparing these data to other polluters, students can determine how much their local polluters contribute to air pollution in the community.

A Note about Activities 6 & 7: These optional activities explore two topics that are relevant to students in particular communities. Activity 6 explores hazardous chemical pollutants, and Activity 7 explores local pollution sources. If your school community is located in a place where pollutants - especially toxic pollutants - may be a concern, it is highly recommended that you take the time to do these activities with students.

Activity Objectives & Materials

Approximate Time: 30-45 minutes​


  • Students will research air pollution sources in their communities and analyze their findings to think of ways to reduce air pollution in the community



  • Computer & projector

  • Student computers (highly recommended)


  • Air Pollution Sources in My Community

Modification: If student computers are not available, you can search for local pollution sources using the database and print out a set for students to use.

Standards Connection


To Do in Advance



1. Frame the Activity

2. Community Air Pollution Database


3. Analysis

4. Discussion

5. Question Check-in

6. Formative Assessment


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Rebecca Davis, Education Manager

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