Air Quality Theme Page
CLN Theme Pages
Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" that support the study of Air Quality. CLN's
theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within
a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students
and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help
them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials
(lesson plans) that will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.
Global Warming/Climate Change
Air Quality Resources
Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information
and/or other links related to Air Quality. Please read our
- In this interdisciplinary Web research project, junior high students
use the Web to research information in the field of a chosen specialist,
compile and analyse the data, meet with each other, and then write a report
on their findings. The basic questions that they address are: What is acid
rain? How does it affect the environment (and us)? Where does it come from?How
can it be prevented or minimized? They may choose to be a specialist in
chemistry, economics, history, environment, health, or politics/government.
Each specialist is given a set of Web links to begin the research.
- A comprehensive site from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with
information about acid rain. The following list of links to their site are
particularly relevant to students.
Rain: A Student's Sourcebook
(A unit on acid rain that has background information, descriptions of
the causes and effects of acid rain, solutions about what can be done,
and experiments with activities.)
of Acid Rain
This page provide more information on how acid rain effects our environment.
- Here's an activity for children to make airborne junk collectors and
collect air samples. Some background information is also provided.
- A site established for European schools and designed for younger students,
it explores the following seven areas of concern for air pollution: Acid
Rain, Domestic Smoke, Smog, The Greenhouse Effect, Particulates, Radionuclides,
and Ozone Layer Depletion. Included with each page is a link to a glossary
for words used while discussing air pollution.
- Greater Vancouver Regional District publishes a large collection of information
concerning the air quality for Fraser Valley and Vancouver area. The links
are identified as particularly important air quality concerns and their
principles can be applied to areas in the world.
Quality Lesson Plans and Data
- The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission provides a number
of lessons and activities for educators who wish to teach K-12 students
about air quality. Lesson plans are provided on such topics as acid rain,
air pressure, ozone, plants, oxygen, and pollution control.
Quality Research Branch (Clean Air)
- As part of Environment Canada, the menu on this page will link you to
air quality information as it is impacted by the following air pollution
concerns: acidifying emissions, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), hazardous
air pollutants, smog, stratospheric ozone depletion, and climate change.
In addition, there is a link with a focus on the Arctic because scientist
are finding that the Arctic is the ultimate resting place for many air pollutants.
and Light Trucks
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publishes information about
the impact of automobiles and air quality that includes carbon monoxide,
ozone, emissions and tips on how you can help to reduce air pollution with
and Air Quality - Let's Talk About Air
- Educational materials on air quality, indoor air quality, and pollution.
Resources for Students and Teachers
- Lesson plans, activities, and fact sheets on air quality from the Louisiana
Department of Environmental Quality.
Priority - Clean Air
- A page by Environment Canada that explains what causes air pollution,
why we should be concerned and what is being done to protect our air.
- The depletion of our ozone layer has a serious impact on future generations
from the dangers of being exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays (UV rays).
The information on this page describes how UV rays can cause sunburn, premature
skin aging, cataracts and skin cancer, and even weaken the immune system.
Air Quality (IAQ)
- Studies have indicated that indoor air pollution can have significant
effects on human health. This site investigates a number of the factors
causing us to experiences greater exposure to indoor air pollution than
in past decades. Many of these factors have to do with construction techniques
and materials used in modern buildings. This site presents information on
three environments that affect us: l arge buildings, homes and residences,
Kyoto Protocol: Challenges and Opportunities
- Documents in this site explain the historic agreement from December 1997
Kyoto Protocol that commits the developed countries to reduce their greenhouse
gas emissions to acceptable levels. It identifies a number of issues raised
by different countries and the reduction conditions Canada agreed to.
Contamination of Residential Indoor Air
- Here's information about how humid or damp conditions in the home promote
the growth of bacteria, mold and dust mites. Also you'll find how these
organisms can contribute to poor indoor air quality and how they can cause
- A.I.R.E. (Air Information Resources for Educators) was designed as a
source of resources for K-12 teachers on air pollution issues. It includes
warm-up exercises, lessons, and additional reading information - all saved
in PDF format.
Program Biology Index
- Teachers participating in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative
for Learning Enhancement) summer session programs each create a single concept
lesson plan. This database has a few lessons on air quality in their section
on Environmental Studies and Ecology. Caution: Since there is a wide number
of authors who have contributed to the database, the detail and quality
of the lesson plans will vary.
and Your Health
- You can read about how smog has become the term given to the chemical
"soup" that is often visible as a brownish yellow haze over urban areas.
Formed from motor vehicle and industrial pollution, smog is potentially
hazardous to human health by seriously affecting the respiratory system.
- Environment Canada publishes information about what smog is, how to know
you are in it, the effect on your health, and what can be done about it.
The following link is designed with the younger student in mind.
Air Toxics Website: Basic Facts
- The basic facts on this page include: What are Toxic Air Pollutants?
What are the Effects of Toxic Air Pollutants? Which Pollutants are Considered
Toxic? and How are Toxic Pollutants Released into the Atmosphere? In addition,
there are links to further information on health risks associated with air
Riding the Wind in Your Community?
- Yet another resource from the US Environmental Protection Agency. This
is a one week teaching unit for students in Grades 5-8 in which they collect
air samples and analyze them.
- Information defining what "Indoor Air Pollution" is and the effects on
our health from many of the pollutants that could be in the air. Some of
the pollutants listed (along with their effects) include: tobacco smoke,
formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds, microorganisms, asbestos, carbon
monoxide and more. In addition, there is a checklist to test your environment
and what you can do improve your indoor air quality.
Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of curricular content in the study of Air Quality. For other resources in Social Studies (Environment) (e.g., curricular content in Biomes, Endangered Species, or Hazardous Waste Disposal), or for lesson plans and theme pages, click the "previous screen" button below. Or, click here if you wish to return directly to the CLN menu which will give you access to educational resources in all of our subjects.