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ACE

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Justice, Health, Social-Emotional Learning

Resource Types

  • Video, 48 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Lesson Plan, 65-80 minutes
  • Worksheet
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest

Format

PDF

Youth Climate Story: Air Pollution in Kansas

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Synopsis
  • In this short video, Dolores shares how air pollution caused by a nearby coal power plant is affecting her daughter’s asthma in Kansas. 
  • A lesson plan accompanies this video, once you are signed in.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This is a very personal narrative that can help students understand the effects of coal power plants on families.
  • The wind turbine activity is a great way to get students engaged with a hands-on project. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers need to create an account to access the lesson plan and worksheet,but the video is available without signing in.
  • You will need a number of materials to build the wind turbine.

Differentiation

  • This video could be used for lessons about social-emotional learning, social justice, environmental justice, or the connections between global warming pollution and health.
  • Science classes could use this video as a hook for lessons about mutations, genetics, bioaccumulation, the reactivity of certain molecules, environmental science, anatomy, or pollution.
  • Civics classes could use this video to discuss the need for stronger regulations and zoning to protect water, air, land, and people from toxic pollution. 
Scientist Notes

People of color are disproportionately impacted by air pollution from fossil fuel emissions and climate change. This resource is suitable and recommended for teaching climate and environmental justice.

Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.10.6-8 Explain the relevance of personal interests and perspectives, civic virtues, and democratic principles when people address issues and problems in government and civil society.
      • D2.Civ.12.9-12 Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.4.6-8 Explain how cultural patterns and economic decisions influence environments and the daily lives of people in both nearby and distant places.
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