Grades 6-8

Unit 2

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Unit Lesson Essential Skills
2. Transportation and Air Pollution: Impacts and Consequences 1. Who's "Driving" Change: The History of American Transportation and Designing for a Sustainable Future Social Studies
2. Air Pollution and Health English, Language Arts, and Reading; Science; Health Education

Unit 2: Transportation and Air Pollution: Impacts and Consequences

While evaluating a timeline of events related to the development of the automobile, students will begin to see how social pressures, economic influence, governmental action, and technology affected the development of our transportation systems. As a part of the discussion they will realize that the challenge of reducing pollution from our transportation systems is an ongoing struggle and that, although much has been accomplished, much needs to be done.

Through research, students will then become familiar with the environmental and health effects of the six criteria pollutants identified by the U.S. EPA, along with the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide. Although student information handouts are supplied, we recognize that many students are more motivated to conduct research if they have to do a little digging themselves. For this reason we have also supplied a list of Internet sites containing sound information on this topic. Alternatively, you may want to assign this as a library research project or use a computer-based encyclopedia.

Teacher Guide

Subjects Addressed:

English, Language Arts, and Reading; Science; Social Studies; and Health Education

This unit is designed to offer you maximum flexibility. The lessons can be taught as a whole, or individual lessons and activities may be extracted and taught separately as a complement to other materials you may be using.

Essential Questions:

What groups of people have influenced the design of the United States's transportation systems over the last hundred years?
What are the major pollutants resulting from gasoline-powered motors? How do these emissions impact our health and environment?

Overview:

Lesson 1: Who's "Driving" Change: The History of American Transportation and Designing for a Sustainable Future
While evaluating a timeline of events related to the development of the automobile, students will begin to see how social pressures, economic influence, governmental action, and technology affected the development of our transportation systems.

Lesson 2: Air Pollution and Health
This lesson will familiarize students with the environmental and health effects of the six criteria pollutants identified by the U.S. EPA, along with the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide.

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