This Apply lesson challenges students to question what pollution looks like today in the United States. Historically, we can now see how visual it was. After all, how many of us have to walk through heaps of trash, refuse, and animal and human waste in front of our homes just to get to the street. Today, pollution can be very subtle. Today, water and air pollution is still a problem, but it is revealing itself in very different ways – at the doctor’s office and through our medication bills.
Students will be able to:
National Council for History in the Schools
- Generate a list of city names they feel are polluted after reading, discussing, and recording data from an NIH article.
- In groups of three, create a city proposal to address pollution in their city after generating a list of local pollution problems.
- Write a reflective piece on the dilemma of city planning costs verse future health benefits using their city proposal.
Historical Thinking Standards
- Standard 5B: Marshall evidence of antecedent circumstances and contemporary factors contributing to problems and alternative courses of action.
- Standard 5E: Formulate a position or course of action on an issue.
- Standard 5F: Evaluate the implementation of a decision.
United States History Standards
- Era 10 Standard 2E: Economic, Social, and cultural developments in contemporary United States. The student understands how a democratic polity debates social issues and mediates between individual or group rights and the common good.
The moment you step out of the house and are on the road you can actually see the air getting polluted; a cloud of smoke from the exhaust of a bus, car, or a scooter; smoke billowing from a factory chimney, fly ash generated by thermal power plants, and speeding cars causing dust to rise from the roads. Natural phenomena such as the eruption of a volcano and even someone smoking a cigarette can also cause air pollution. Explore the resources below to learn more.
Air pollution on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_pollution
MediicineNet.com on Air Pollution Stunting Kids Lungs
NIH MedlinePlus on Air Pollution http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/airpollution.html
Air Pollution Site for Kids http://edugreen.teri.res.in/explore/air/air.htm
NRDC Clean Air & Energy http://www.nrdc.org/air/pollution/default.asp
Online Map Resources
Google Maps http://maps.google.com/
National Geographic MapMachine http://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine/
Maps in the Yahoo Directory http://dir.yahoo.com/Science/Geography/Cartography/Maps/
Colorado University Map Collections http://www.colorado.edu/geography/virtdept/resources/map_libs/map_libs.htm
World Atlas: Maps and Geography of the World http://geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm