Near-Ground Level Ozone Pollution
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- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
- Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
- Completeness of the ActivitySheet web page
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This page first made public: May 15, 2008
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Formulation of hypothesis
Use and analysis of online data
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
The students' assignment is to select a city of choice in the United States, and use data to investigate the relationship between ozone pollution and any of the following: season, human population industrialization, city location, or asthma. This activity gives students practice in using data to investigate an air pollution problem and communicate their result to others in a standard format. Each student will report the result of their investigation in a mini-journal paper, with a relevant title, and the following sub-sections: an abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion and references. Guided by a grading rubric, this activity helps student to learn how to a write technical paper.
Determining whether students have met the goals
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment (Microsoft Word 497kB May15 08)
- Grading Rubric (Microsoft Word 59kB May15 08)
- Example lab report (Microsoft Word 279kB May15 08), prepared by instructor to provide an example of correct format
- An introduction to Air Pollution (PowerPoint 329kB May15 08)