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Teacher General Air Quality Resources: Video Descriptions

Educational Video Network, Inc.
Pollution, Smog, and Acid Rain 21:00 (7th through 12th Grade)

Documentary Style
This educational video describes layers of the atmosphere. It presents various pollutants and their affects on children, elderly, smokers, people with respiratory disorders, vegetation, wildlife, and agriculture dependent plants and animals. It addresses pollution from natural origin and human activities including burning fossil fuels, suspended particulate matter, and metal smelting. A more in-depth look is given to photochemical smog, temperature inversions, and air pollution transport. Finally, it addresses air quality standards in North America and worldwide efforts to improve air quality. www.teachersvideo.com

ACQP Comments: This video covers a wide range of air quality topics that may be more appropriate for students with a good background. However, small portions of the video such as photochemical smog and temperature inversions (~11:00 to ~15:00) may be used to complement class activities introducing air quality.

American Indian Science & Engineering Society
Winds of Change 27:30 (6th through 12th Grade)

The AISES Air Quality Project, with funding provided by the U.S. EPA, produced a half hour, broadcast quality video Winds Of Change, suitable for training and educational purposes as well as general public awareness related to the needs (human and natural resource health) and air quality program components (emissions inventories, monitoring programs, permitting programs, ameliorative activities, critical partnerships, air quality control plans, etc). The video presents this information in Tribal settings that highlights our unique traditions and spirituality. The video goals are to increase the awareness on Air Quality issues and Tribes, highlight the importance of establishing Tribal Air Programs, provide opportunity for showcasing existing Tribal air program successes, and depict air-monitoring programs. Conroy Chino (Acoma Pueblo), a national award-winning television journalist, serves as host. www.winds.uthscsa.edu

NCDENR / Division of Air Quality
Ozone Education (four videos total 72 minutes)
The Ozone Zone 25:00 (6th grade through 12th Grade)

This video uses a "Twilight Zone" theme that informs students about the causes of ozone. A real estate agent, Ferguson, has an encounter with two aliens that breathe ozone. They are planning to take over the earth unless humans get ozone under control. Ferguson becomes advocate for improving air quality (on his bicycle). However, he is just the messenger. It is up to the people on earth to do their part.

AQCP Comments: This story keeps kids more interested than a documentary style video. However, focus is on ozone and vehicle emissions. The story does not address other types of air pollution. The description (vocabulary used) of ozone is more appropriate for older students, yet the actor revisits the facts after story. He revisits the causes of ozone and how it is formed and describes VOCs and NOx. He talks about what you can do and how car emissions are major contributor. The actor describes how to drive "right." Additionally, he talks briefly about respiratory problems and asthma.

To get a copy of the Ozone Education videos (including The Ozone Zone, Ozone Double Trouble, Air Adventures Puppet Show, and Air Avenger Music Video) or for further information:
Call 1-888-RU4NCAIR (1-888-784-6224)
Visit our website http://daq.state.nc.us/airaware
Or send us an e-mail air.awareness@ncmail.net

Ozone Double Trouble 16:00 (6th grade through 12th Grade)
Educational Video - Information Based
EPA tool that NCDENR has been given permission to copy.
This video addresses human interference with nature and the demands on our environment. It describes ozone location within the layers of the atmosphere. Topics covered include ozone hole, CFC effects and uses, HCFCs, VOCs, smog, physical affects on humans, plants, and animals. Presents tips for helping reduce ground level ozone and sustaining ozone in the troposphere.

AQCP Comments: This video has less content than Air Pollution, Smog, Acid Rain. Therefore, it may be more appropriate for 6th through 8th grade depending on class coverage of various issues.

Air Adventures Puppet Show 26:30 (Pre-K through 3rd Grade)
This kid's video is narrated by Father Nature, a friendly puppet. He takes the students to a Cooking Show, where they cook up a bubbly soup of vehicles, and airplane, a factory, and an Ozone Monster. The Ozone Monster runs around looking for friends that include plant puppets, an asthmatic child, and an elderly gentleman. Of course, the sensitive plants and people that encounter the Ozone Monster have difficulty breathing. The young asthmatic girl figures out that the Ozone Monster belongs way, way up in the sky. She calls the Air Avenger to help take Ozone back to his home where he can be helpful. The video also reminds students that the Air Avenger needs help to keep the air clean and gives tips on how to do our part. Additionally, the video reviews the Air Quality Index colors. Red - worst, take it easy - limit activities. Orange - avoid being outside for long periods of time. Yellow - little ozone around, but not much. Green - air quality good.

Air Avenger Music Video 4:30 (Pre-K through 3rd Grade)
This kid music video reminds students of the Air Quality Index Color Codes. They sing about the Air Avenger, helping out, and things you can do to improve air quality. "Keep the air clean and clear is what it's all about."

AQCP Comments: These Pre-K through 3rd grade videos can keep kids entertained and teach them about where ozone is good and bad. Most will even learn the Air Quality Index Color Code (used for forecasting ozone levels in the summer), even if they have never been introduced to them before. They will also learn some good tips for improving air quality.

				
					  
			   

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Last updated: May 26, 2005