Linking Sources and Pollutants

Class members use an air quality monitor to measure the amount of gas-phase pollutants emitted by different sources. Groups choose three different sources and make predictions about what the monitors will detect. Teams then expose the chosen sources to the monitors and analyze the results. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask an environmental engineer to come speak to the class about monitoring pollutants in the air
Classroom Considerations
  • The class should have a basic knowledge of air quality and gas pollutants
  • The activity requires two air quality monitors and pollutant sources
  • The second in a six-part series
  • The handouts come in both PDF and docx form allowing for customization
  • The resource includes alternatives or adaptations if air quality monitors are unavailable
  • The website to rent the Pod kits does not seem to have them
Common Core