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Transportation & Air Quality

Lesson Description:

This lesson provides two lessons on the history of transportation and transportation's effects on air quality. The lesson addresses pollutants and emissions relationship to air quality.


The students will:
• Explain how automobiles contribute to air pollution.
• Research and understand the health effects of automobile pollutants.
• Recognize the importance of the individual, and that each person has the potential to make a difference.
• Understand a basic history of the environmental movement.
• Understand the role of the government, its affect on the individual and on the environment.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change

GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green

Time Needed:
2-3 classes
Standards Addressed:
Technology: Understand unintended effects of technology.
Social Studies: Understand the effect of inventions that have transformed daily life.
Social Studies: Recognize the importance of individual choices, actions and character.
Health: Research impacts of environmental factors on health.
Civics: Role of the individual in the political process.
Civics: Role of government agencies.
Language Arts: Identify basic facts from scientific literature; oral presentations; use electronic media for research (optional).
Math: Read and analyze tables, graphs and charts.
School or Group:
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
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