MapWorks Learning

MapWorks Learning aims to explore the connection between the physical nature of maps and how learners best make sense of their own learning pathways. Our OER Commons group space also serves a way for classrooms, organizations, formal and informal learners to create, remix, collaborate and share their resources. Visit us at http://www.mapworkslearning.org to learn more about us
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What's Air Got to Do with It?

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Students are introduced to the concepts of air pollution and air quality. The three lesson parts focus on the prerequisites for understanding air pollution. First, students use M&Ms to create a pie graph that expresses their understanding of the composition of air. Next, students watch and conduct several simple experiments to develop an understanding of the properties of air (it has mass, it takes up space, it can move, it exerts pressure, it can do work). Finally, students develop awareness and understanding of the daily air quality using the Air Quality Index (AQI) listed in the newspaper. In an associated literacy activity, students explore the environmental history timeline.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Authors: Amy Kolenbrander, Denise W. Carlson, Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,, Janet Yowell, Malinda Schaefer Zarske, Natalie Mach

AIRNow: Air Quality Information

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AIRNow is a cross-agency U.S. government web site that provides information and forecasts of air quality across the country. The organization's home page features news articles, information on the Air Quality Index (AQI), and highlighted forecasts for areas with AQIs of special concern. An interactive map shows weather systems, winds, and areas where air quality is likely to be compromised by ozone, particulates, ultraviolet radiation, or other pollutants, with links to current conditions, forecasts, and webcams for selected cities. There are also links to educational materials on air quality for younger students, interactive features and visual materials for older students, and curriculum materials for teachers. Other resources include information on AQI for health providers, older adults, and TV weathercasters; information on air quality and personal health, smoke from fires, and links to air quality information from other countries.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration, Interactive, Lesson Plan

Author: United States Environmental Protection Agency

AirData: Access to Air Pollution Data

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The AirData Web site gives you access to air pollution data for the entire United States. Want to know the highest ozone level measured in your state last year? Ever wonder where air pollution monitoring sites are located? Are there sources of air pollution in your town? You can find out here! AirData produces reports and maps of air pollution data based on criteria that you specify.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Pollution Solutions

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To develop an understanding of modern industrial technologies that clean up and prevent air pollution, students build and observe a variety of simple models of engineering pollutant recovery methods: scrubber, electrostatic precipitator, cyclone and baghouse. In an associated literacy activity, students become more aware of global environmental problems and play a part in their solution by writing environmental action campaign letters.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Authors: Amy Kolenbrander, Benjamin S. Terry, Denise W. Carlson, Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,, Janet Yowell, Malinda Schaefer Zarske, Natalie Mach

Mapping the Mangroves - MWL

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The Mangrove Mapping Curricula strives to provide opportunities for students to learn about and explore mangroves and their ecosystems. Through this process it is hoped that students develop and understanding and appreciation for mangroves and the role they play in a healthy environment. Mangroves are group of tropical/subtropical trees that live in salt or sweet (salt/fresh water combination) water coastal environments. They are considered a cornerstone species and play important roles in habitat formation and stabilization of coastal environments.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Chris Dubia, Joel Long

Estuaries 101 Middle School Curriculum: Climate Extensions

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Focusing on estuaries, the curriculum modules feature hands-on learning, experiments, field work and data explorations. The middle school curriculum has new climate extensions that have been woven throughout the curriculum to help students understand why and how climate change is impacting estuaries, as well as ways students can help reduce the impacts of climate change. A climate extension is added to one activity from each principle for a total of six climate extensions. Website includes an interactive that provides critical background information to support the teaching of this curriculum.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course, Game, Interactive

Author: NOAA's National Estuarine Research Reserve System