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The Urban Heat Island Effect and Air Quality

Lesson Description:

Students will ... 

  • Learn about primary greenhouse gases that occur naturally and unnaturally.
  • Learn about gases that indirectly contribute to the greenhouse effect by reacting with other chemicals in the air to produce ozone, which is a powerful greenhouse gas.
  • Learn that increases in temperature, such as those characteristics of urban heat islands, increase the reaction rates that form ozone.
  • Learn the major sources of certain air pollutants along the wasatch front. furthermore, that the elements and sources of pollution in the summer are not the same as they are in the winter.

Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Waste Reduction
  • Other

Standards Addressed:
Science standards
  • 5th grade: 3050-02
  • 6th grade: 3060-0101

Materials Needed:
  • Overheads of pie-charts showing sources of air pollutants along the wasatch front
  • Overhead of an air pollution flow chart
  • Air filters, coffee filters, or paper towels
  • Vocabulary sheet
  • What Affects Air Quality word puzzle
  • Optional: Outline of Pollutants and Their Affects on Air Quality worksheet for class discussion 

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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf UrbanHeatIslandEffect.pdf
Located in: Science

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