Unit Overview 

Air pollution is an international concern, with our learners serving as the next generation of stewards for our precious resource.  At the heart of this unit is inquiry as learners see the connection to their personal health, develop a knowledge base about air quality issues, and role play an authentic scenario to develop solutions for improving air quality in our local and world community. This unit motivates learners to act upon this new understanding for the common good.

Service Experience 
  Students choose from several direct, indirect, or advocacy projects, such as doing air quality testing, planting trees, raising money to support nonprofit work, or create a brochure or social media campaign to teach others about action to take to reduce air pollution.  
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Our Air: The Quest for Quality
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

Learners will have an opportunity to investigate the multi-faceted concern of air pollution. While researching individually, learners will then share findings to broaden their knowledge base and clarify problems for concern. The learners will also analyze perspectives of involved groups who are working to address air pollution. Learners will be involved in a role play to develop a strategy for addressing air quality concerns.  Consequently, the complexity of problems and solutions will be revealed. This lesson will also serve as the first of two parts in planning for a strategy, whether collective or individual, for the common good.
 

Unit: 
Our Air: The Quest for Quality
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

This lesson will serve as the final learning piece, and the accumulated knowledge will be used to assist the learners in utilizing a role play scenario to come to a consensus plan of action that moves “their community” toward compliance with Air Quality Standards (AQI).This unit is also intended to inspire personal or group action plan for promoting the common good. Academic service learning options will be made available for the learners to plan how to be engaged in direct service, indirect service or take an advocacy position that addresses concerns about air quality.