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AQCP Teacher Resources

Teacher General Air Quality Resources:
The AQCP materials are intended to serve as a supplement to the U.S. EPA's Project A.I.R.E., Air Information Resources for Education (K-12) Guide for Instructors. In addition to a number of warm-up exercises, there are many activities, a glossary, and background reading materials on important topics, including

  • Air pollution
  • Indoor air quality
  • Health effects
  • Radon
  • Weather and air quality
  • Acid deposition
  • Greenhouse effect
  • Ozone
  • Smog
  • Automobiles and air pollution
  • Clean fuels
  • Air pollution allowance trading
  • Clean Air Act
Individual sections of this publication, as well as the entire document, are available on the web at: www.epa.gov/region01/students/teacher/aire.html

Background Information:
Several basic air quality issues are central to understanding the topic of air pollution. You might find it beneficial to look through the following documents and visit some of the Air Quality by Issue links prior to beginning an investigation with your students.

Temperature Inversion: This fact sheet describes the basic mechanics that cause temperature inversions.

Criteria Pollutants: This fact sheet describes the six criteria pollutants regulated under the Clean Air Act by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.



Please help us improve our case studies and activities by asking your students to complete the feedback form after each activity. These may be printed and mailed to us at:
        EEOP - AQCP
        NAU Box 5768
        Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5768

A feedback form with space for 1 case study and 3 activities can be printed here. Feel free to send multiple copies if you use more than this number of cases and/or activities from these materials.



General Air Quality Activities  

  • The Pyramid Game - This activity provides opportunities for students to learn about specific air pollutants and their effects on the environment and on public health.
  • In a Polluted Cloud - This activity/demonstration shows students what impact cold weather may have on wood smoke and other pollutants.
  • Air Quality Word Search - This is a PDF file, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open it. It's free!



Northern Arizona University Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

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Environmental Education Outreach Program (EEOP)
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)
PO Box 5768
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5768
Phone: (928) 523-1275
Fax: (928) 523-1280
E-mail: eeop@nau.edu

Last updated: May 26, 2005