Air Educator Resources

Tennessee 2018 Science Standards Connections 

Grade 3. ESS2.3. Use tables, graphs, and tools to describe precipitation, temperature, and wind (direction and speed) to determine local climate.

Connection: Industrial activity produces sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide, which create acid rain. Use charts and maps to show areas that are most likely to be affected by acid rain according to local weather patterns.

Grade 7. ESS3.2. Engage in a scientific argument through graphing and translating data regarding human activity and climate.

Connection: Discuss the causes of the ozone hole; compare maps of the hole over time.

Grade 7. LS2.1. Develop a model to depict the cycling of matter, including carbon and oxygen, including the flow of energy among biotic and abiotic parts of an ecosystem.

Connection: Carbon dioxide and methane released through fossil fuel combustion shift the carbon cycle on Earth.

Activities & Resources

Edgerton Center: Understanding Air

Understanding Air emphasizes the molecular composition of air. Using LEGO® bricks as atoms, the students build a model of air and then combust fuel models to produce additional carbon dioxide and air pollutants.

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEANET)

Climate and energy are complex topics, with rapidly developing science and technology and the potential for controversy. Resources include a summary of each of the climate and energy science principles and concepts; suggested pedagogic approaches to teaching these topics, for each grade level; and relevant teaching materials from the CLEAN reviewed collection.

Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI)

GHHI is dedicated to breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy children through an integrated, whole-house approach that produces sustainable green, healthy and safe homes. GHHI works to educate citizens about harmful health impacts of asbestos, carbon monoxide, fire, lead, mold and moisture, pets, radon, tobacco smoke, and VOCs.

Citizens’ Climate Education (CCE)

CCE gives ordinary citizens the power to educate political leaders, the media, and the general public about climate change solutions.​