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Teacher General Air Quality Resources: Air Quality Bibliography

			 

Grades PreK-5:  
Air & Waste Management Association. 1995. Environmental Resource Guide: Air Quality (Grades K-2. Pittsburgh, PA: Air & Waste Management Association. www.awma.org
This guide provides elementary teachers with a concise introduction to air pollution issues so that they can easily present this basic information to their students. The material is "teacher friendly" and can easily be integrated into existing curricula. Topics include properties of air, general air pollution, criteria pollutants, particulates, greenhouse effect, and health and pollution.

Air & Waste Management Association. 1996. Environmental Resource Guide: Air Quality (Grades 3-5). Pittsburgh, PA: Air & Waste Management Association. www.awma.org
This guide provides elementary teachers with a concise introduction to air pollution issues so that they can easily present this basic information to their students. The material is "teacher friendly" and can easily be integrated into existing curricula. Topics include properties of air, outdoor air pollution, indoor air pollution, and prevention and control of air pollution.

Greene, Carol. 1991. Caring for Our Air. Hillside, N.J., U.S.A.: Enslow Publishers.
Simple text and illustrations describe the ecological issue of air pollution and ways children can help to control the problem. What is air, why is air important, what can happen to air, what can we do, and what can you do.

Hurd, Edith Thacher. 1971. Wilson's World. New York: HarperCollins.
Wilson starts out painting a picture of a beautiful world but keeps adding so many people and cities that soon his world is not fit to live in.

Pima County Department of Environmental Quality. 1996. Kids for Clean Air. Tucson, AZ.
Ideas and activities to motivate students toward understanding the solutions to air pollution. Curriculum kits are available for grades 1 - 3 and 4 - 6. More information available at www.deq.co.pima.az.us/educ/teacherres.html

Peet, Bill. 1970. The Wump World. Boston, Houghton-Mifflin.
The Wump World is an unspoiled place until huge monsters bring hordes of tiny creatures from the planet Pollutus.

Sheehan, Kathryn and Mary Waidner. 1998. Earth Child 2000. Tulsa, OK: Council Oak Books.
The classic treasury of resources for teaching young children about the environment. A favorite for Head Start, pre-schools, elementary schools, scout troops, nature centers, national parks, and families. Chapter six presents "Home, Sweet, Home" which includes air is almost everywhere, air pollution, acid rain, and pollution quotient.

University of Alabama in Huntsville. 1995. Environmental Resource Guide: Air Quality (Grades K-2). Pittsburgh, PA: Air & Waste Management Association.
This guide presents basic information on the science of air quality in a series of eight activities and eight fact sheets. It provides primary school teachers with a concise introduction to air pollution issues so that they can easily present this basic information to their students.

Van Allsburg, Chris. 1990. Just a Dream. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
When he has a dream about a future Earth devastated by pollution, Walter begins to understand the importance of taking care of the environment.

Vistanomics. 1995. Let's Clear the Air About Air (Pollution, that is) Elementary Edition. Glendale, CA.
Eco Badge Ozone Monitoring system and curriculum lesson plans to study personal exposure to ground level ozone indoors and outdoors. Simple and easy-to-use.

Wheeler, Jill. 1993. For the Birds! A Book about Air. Edina, Minnesota: Abdo & Daughters. (ISBN 1-56239-196-8)
Discusses air pollution and suggests things we can do to help clean the air. One of a series of Target Earth Earthmobile Environmental Science Library (31 pages).

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 1995. Where's the Air? Madison, WI: Department of Administration, Document Sales and Distribution.
This kit is helpful for teachers of sciences, social studies, math, health, art, language arts, and environmental studies in infusing environmental education into the curriculum. The CD-ROM has two games on ozone (ground level and stratospheric), a map with "clickable" images for more information, and a plethora of pdf files which can be easily printed and used in the classroom. The Study Guide includes a variety of related activities, from experiments and demonstrations, to word searches, conducting surveys, and map making. The kit contains a poster that depicts in cartoon style activities and natural processes that influence the quality of the air we breathe. (Stock No. 1730)

Caduto, M.J. and J. Bruchac. 1989. Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children. Golden, CO: Fulcrum, Inc.
Abenaki poet and novelist Joseph Bruchac has collected 25 tales from various native American traditions. These stories instill a caring respect for the environment, a wonder at the forces of the earth, and a love for the creatures that fly, walk and swim about us. The tribal source of each tale is noted. Chapter 9 is titled "Gluscabi and the Wind Eagle" (Abenaki - Northeast Woodlands)

				

			 

Grades 6-8:  
1994. Keeping the Air Clean. New York: Chelsea House Publishers.
Includes topics such as atmosphere, layers of air, sun's radiation, energy transfer, acid rain, pollution cycle, greenhouse effect, and air in large cities.

Air & Waste Management Association. 1991. Environmental Resource Guide: Air Quality (Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8). Pittsburgh, PA: Air & Waste Management Association, revised 1995. www.awma.org
This guide provides middle school math and science teachers with a concise introduction to air pollution issues so that they can easily present this basic information to their students. The material is "teacher friendly" and can easily be integrated into existing curricula. Topics include acid rain, air pollutant gases, general air pollution, criteria pollutants, particulates, greenhouse effect, ozone, and health and pollution.

Elkington, John. 1990. Going green: A Kid's Handbook to Saving the Planet. New York, NY: Viking, 1990.
A guide to saving the environment, including explanations of ecological issues and projects. Includes topics such as greenhouse effect, ozone layer, air pollution, and acid rain. Conduct a Green Audit of your home, school, and community. This book also provides things you can do, things you can read, and organizations you can contact.

Frank, J., G. R. Luera, and W. B. Stapp. 1996. Air Pollution: Ozone Study and Action. Ann Arbor, MI: Global Rivers Environmental Education Network.
This book moves students from awareness of air pollution and ozone to a point where they will be knowledgeable and empowered to take action to address problems in their lives and communities. Units include the problem of air pollution, ozone - monitoring the problem, and implementing solutions.

Kahl, Jonathan D. 1998. Hazy Skies: Weather and the Environment. Minneapolis, Minn.: Lerner Publications Co.
Describes the connections between pollution and weather, the destruction of the ozone layer, global warming, efforts at pollution control, and alternative energy forms. Additional topics include smog, haze, and acid rain.

MacRae-Campbell, Linda and McKisson, Micki. 1990. Our Troubled Skies. Tucson, AZ: Zephyr Press.
The intent of Our Only Earth series is to provide students with knowledge and skills to actively address major global issues. It is an integrated science, language arts, and social studies problem-solving program. Real-life issues are addressed and solutions proposed. This unit presents an overview of air pollution, letter writing, classroom activities, fact cards, scavenger hunt, map activity, research and independent study, youth summit, and a facilitator's guide.

Mayer, Richard J. 2001. Connections in Environmental Science: A Case Study Approach. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
This book presents sustainable energy developments such as power-generating wind farms, geothermal power, photovoltaic solar-electric roof tiles, biomass fermentation production of automotive fuels, and solar electric generating stations. Chapter five focuses on air pollution history, legislation, and trends. Topics include the atmospheric layers, inversions, fundamentals of air pollution, strategies to improve air quality, monitoring air quality, and regional perspectives. Part five addresses global and regional environmental problems including global climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion.

McVey, Vicki. 1993. The Sierra Club Kid's Guide to Planet Care and Repair. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books for Children.
Explains how human activities are destroying the balance of nature and suggests ways to prevent further damage. This includes The Ocean of Air, A Global Greenhouse, and Brown Air and Acid Rain.

National Science Teachers Association. 1999. Investigating Air. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association.
Investigating Air provides the investigations and information that leads students to the answers to these and other questions. Students use data generated by researchers, and generate their own data, in situations analogous to real air quality issues - increases in atmospheric CO2, acid deposition, ozone issues, and visibility. Investigating Air culminates in a decision-making investigation that builds on the science and equity knowledge students have developed.

O'Neill, Mary Le Duc. 1991. Air Scare. Mahwah, N.J: Troll Associates.
Discusses the various forms of air pollution, how and why they happen, and how they can be solved. Includes the air around us, never ending cycles of nature, upsetting the balance, fueling pollution, turning up the temperature, the forest connection, acid rain, the garbage problem - up in smoke, city air, ozone, what we spray on what we eat, danger on the wind, air pollution around the world, and cleaning up our act.

Pedersen, Anne. 1949. The Kids' Environment Book: What's Awry and Why. Santa Fe, N.M.: John Muir Publications; New York, N.Y.: Distributed by Norton, 1991.
Examines our environmental problems, humankind's historic relationship with the earth and its living species, how industrialization has dramatically changed our planet, and what must be done to repair the damage. The chapter on The Air We Breathe contains information on topics such as atmosphere, greenhouse effect, ozone layer, car exhaust, acid rain, and air pollutants.

Pima County Department of Environmental Quality. 1996. Kids for Clean Air. Tucson, AZ.
Ideas and activities to motivate students toward understanding the solutions to air pollution. Curriculum kit available for middle school educators. More information available at www.deq.co.pima.az.us/educ/teacherres.html

Roa, Michael L. 1993. Environmental Science Activities Kit. West Nyack, NY: The Center for Applied Research in Education.
This is an exciting collection of hands-on classroom activities to help students understand and appreciate our environment (both natural and man-made), become more aware of environmental problems, and explore ways to reduce and solve these problems. Unit 4 addresses atmospheric issues including detecting air pollution, acidic precipitation, and global warming.

Sandak, Cass R. 1990. A Reference Guide to Clean Air. Hillside, N.J., U.S.A.: Enslow.
An alphabetical listing of nearly 200 names, terms, and concepts that have some relation to atmospheric contamination.

Snedden, Robert. 2002. Essential Energy Series: Energy Alternatives. Crystal Lake, IL: Heinemann Library (ISBN 1-57572-441-3)
The book covers alternative power sources for cars, including batteries, hybrids, and fuel cells. A status report summarizes the existing technology and the potential for future development of wind, solar, hydroelectric, ocean wave, tidal, geothermal, and biomass energy sources. The author is generally quite positive in outlook, but acknowledges the environmental concerns of alternatives. Middle school students will benefit from reading such a level-headed approach to energy alternatives; this book can effectively support units on energy and electricity. (48 pages)

Stwertka, Eve. 1993. Cleaning up: How Trash Becomes Treasure. New York, NY: Julian Messner.
Discusses the problem of trash and what can be done with it, including the partial solution of recycling. This also includes information about burning or incinerating garbage.

Vistanomics. 1995. Let's Clear the Air About Air (Pollution, that is) MIddle School Edition. Glendale, CA.
Eco Badge Ozone Monitoring system and curriculum lesson plans to study personal exposure to ground level ozone indoors and outdoors. Simple and easy-to-use.

Willis, Terri and Wallace Black. 1992. Cars--An Environmental Challenge. Chicago: Childrens Press.
Discusses the environmental damage and safety problems associated with the internal combustion engine, with an emphasis on emissions and air pollution, and examines various solutions and alternatives to the situation.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 1995. Where's the Air? Madison, WI: Department of Administration, Document Sales and Distribution.
This kit is helpful for teachers of sciences, social studies, math, health, art, language arts, and environmental studies in infusing environmental education into the curriculum. The CD-ROM has two games on ozone (ground level and stratospheric), a map with "clickable" images for more information, and a plethora of pdf files which can be easily printed and used in the classroom. The Study Guide includes a variety of related activities, from experiments and demonstrations, to word searches, conducting surveys, and map making. The kit contains a poster that depicts in cartoon style activities and natural processes that influence the quality of the air we breathe. (Stock No. 1730)

Caduto, M.J. and J. Bruchac. 1989. Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children. Golden, CO: Fulcrum, Inc.
Abenaki poet and novelist Joseph Bruchac has collected 25 tales from various native American traditions. These stories instill a caring respect for the environment, a wonder at the forces of the earth, and a love for the creatures that fly, walk and swim about us. The tribal source of each tale is noted. Chapter 9 is titled "Gluscabi and the Wind Eagle" (Abenaki - Northeast Woodlands)

				

			 

Grades 9-12:  
1994. Keeping the Air Clean. New York: Chelsea House Publishers.
Includes topics such as atmosphere, layers of air, sun's radiation, energy transfer, acid rain, pollution cycle, greenhouse effect, and air in large cities.

Air & Waste Management Association. 1996. Environmental Resource Guide: Air Quality (Grades 9-12). Pittsburgh, PA: Air & Waste Management Association. www.awma.org
This guide provides high school teachers with a concise introduction to air pollution issues so that they can easily present this basic information to their students. The material is "teacher friendly" and can easily be integrated into existing curricula. Topics include earth and its atmosphere; outdoor air quality issues and sources; detection, control, and prevention of outdoor and indoor air pollution; and careers in air quality management.

Frank, J., G. R. Luera, and W. B. Stapp. 1996. Air Pollution: Ozone Study and Action. Ann Arbor, MI: Global Rivers Environmental Education Network.
This book moves students from awareness of air pollution and ozone to a point where they will be knowledgeable and empowered to take action to address problems in their lives and communities. Units include the problem of air pollution, ozone - monitoring the problem, and implementing solutions.

Kahl, Jonathan D. 1998. Hazy Skies: Weather and the Environment. Minneapolis, Minn.: Lerner Publications Co.
Describes the connections between pollution and weather, the destruction of the ozone layer, global warming, efforts at pollution control, and alternative energy forms. Additional topics include smog, haze, and acid rain.

MacRae-Campbell, Linda and McKisson, Micki. 1990. Our Troubled Skies. Tucson, AZ: Zephyr Press.
The intent of Our Only Earth series is to provide students with knowledge and skills to actively address major global issues. It is an integrated science, language arts, and social studies problem-solving program. Real-life issues are addressed and solutions proposed. This unit presents an overview of air pollution, letter writing, classroom activities, fact cards, scavenger hunt, map activity, research and independent study, youth summit, and a facilitator's guide.

Mayer, Richard J. 2001. Connections in Environmental Science: A Case Study Approach. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
This book presents sustainable energy developments such as power-generating wind farms, geothermal power, photovoltaic solar-electric roof tiles, biomass fermentation production of automotive fuels, and solar electric generating stations. Chapter five focuses on air pollution history, legislation, and trends. Topics include the atmospheric layers, inversions, fundamentals of air pollution, strategies to improve air quality, monitoring air quality, and regional perspectives. Part five addresses global and regional environmental problems including global climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion.

McVey, Vicki. 1993. The Sierra Club Kid's Guide to Planet Care and Repair. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books for Children.re destroying the balance of nature and suggests ways to prevent further damage. This includes The Ocean of Air, A Global Greenhouse, and Brown Air and Acid Rain.

Newton, David E. 1990. Taking a Stand Against Environmental Pollution. New York: Watts.
Examines current environmental issues and suggests ways to become involved in solving problems with pollution. Includes topics such as the combustion of fossil fuels, the greenhouse effect, acid rain, alternative sources of energy, and the environmental movement in history.

National Science Teachers Association. 1999. Investigating Air. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association.
Investigating Air provides the investigations and information that leads students to the answers to these and other questions. Students use data generated by researchers, and generate their own data, in situations analogous to real air quality issues - increases in atmospheric CO2, acid deposition, ozone issues, and visibility. Investigating Air culminates in a decision-making investigation that builds on the science and equity knowledge students have developed.

O'Neill, Mary Le Duc. 1991. Air Scare. Mahwah, N.J: Troll Associates.
Discusses the various forms of air pollution, how and why they happen, and how they can be solved. Includes the air around us, never ending cycles of nature, upsetting the balance, fueling pollution, turning up the temperature, the forest connection, acid rain, the garbage problem - up in smoke, city air, ozone, what we spray on what we eat, danger on the wind, air pollution around the world, and cleaning up our act.

Pedersen, Anne. 1949. The Kids' Environment Book: What's Awry and Why. Santa Fe, N.M.: John Muir Publications; New York, N.Y.: Distributed by Norton, 1991.
Examines our environmental problems, humankind's historic relationship with the earth and its living species, how industrialization has dramatically changed our planet, and what must be done to repair the damage. The chapter on The Air We Breathe contains information on topics such as atmosphere, greenhouse effect, ozone layer, car exhaust, acid rain, and air pollutants.

Pima County Department of Environmental Quality. 1996. Kids for Clean Air. Tucson, AZ.
Ideas and activities to motivate students toward understanding the solutions to air pollution. Curriculum available for high school level. More information available at www.deq.co.pima.az.us/educ/teacherres.html

Pringle, Laurence. 1988. The Science and Politics of Acid Rain. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
In this book, chapters one through four tell how we have learned about acid deposition, how it forms and is transported, and how it affects life in water and on land. Chapters five and six tell how acid rain can be controlled and discuss economic and political factors involved in the acid rain issue.

Pringle, Laurence. 1995. Vanishing Ozone. New York: Morrow Junior Books.
Focusing on the damage which has been done to the ozone layer, . . . Pringle begins by explaining ozone's function in the atmosphere. Subsequent chapters describe the discovery of the threats to the ozone and the detection of the ozone hole. Pringle then poses questions which science and society must address while dealing with the issue.

Rainis, Kenneth G. 1994. Environmental Science Projects for Young Scientists. New York: F. Watts.
Environmental science projects to assist understanding of gases and particles, smog, greenhouse effect, radon, lichens (nature's air quality monitors), and using ozone detectors.

Roa, Michael L. 1993. Environmental Science Activities Kit. West Nyack, NY: The Center for Applied Research in Education.
This is an exciting collection of hands-on classroom activities to help students understand and appreciate our environment (both natural and man-made), become more aware of environmental problems, and explore ways to reduce and solve these problems. Unit 4 addresses atmospheric issues including detecting air pollution, acidic precipitation, and global warming.

Rock, Maxine A. 1940. The Automobile and the Environment. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, c1992.
Discusses the automobile's role in polluting the environment and ways of decreasing the damage.

Sandak, Cass R. 1990. A Reference Guide to Clean Air. Hillside, N.J., U.S.A.: Enslow.
An alphabetical listing of nearly 200 names, terms, and concepts that have some relation to atmospheric contamination.

Vistanomics. 1995. Let's Clear the Air About Air (Pollution, that is) High School Edition. Glendale, CA.
Eco Badge Ozone Monitoring system and curriculum lesson plans to study personal exposure to ground level ozone indoors and outdoors. Simple and easy-to-use.

Willis, Terri and Wallace Black. 1992. Cars--An Environmental Challenge. Chicago: Childrens Press.
Discusses the environmental damage and safety problems associated with the internal combustion engine, with an emphasis on emissions and air pollution, and examines various solutions and alternatives to the situation.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 1995. Where's the Air? Madison, WI: Department of Administration, Document Sales and Distribution.
This kit is helpful for teachers of sciences, social studies, math, health, art, language arts, and environmental studies in infusing environmental education into the curriculum. The CD-ROM has two games on ozone (ground level and stratospheric), a map with "clickable" images for more information, and a plethora of pdf files which can be easily printed and used in the classroom. The Study Guide includes a variety of related activities, from experiments and demonstrations, to word searches, conducting surveys, and map making. The kit contains a poster that depicts in cartoon style activities and natural processes that influence the quality of the air we breathe. (Stock No. 1730)

Caduto, M.J. and J. Bruchac. 1989. Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children. Golden, CO: Fulcrum, Inc.
Abenaki poet and novelist Joseph Bruchac has collected 25 tales from various native American traditions. These stories instill a caring respect for the environment, a wonder at the forces of the earth, and a love for the creatures that fly, walk and swim about us. The tribal source of each tale is noted. Chapter 9 is titled "Gluscabi and the Wind Eagle" (Abenaki - Northeast Woodlands)

				
					  
			   

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