The Lewis Center for Educational Research recently worked with District staff to develop four standards-based air quality lesson plans designed for middle through high school students. “The Adventures of Parti and Ozi” is the title of this engaging, combination live action/animated lesson plan series, which is designed to help connect students to the actual size of particulate matter and understand other pollutants they might possibly be exposed to, and how their density and concentration can dramatically impact their world.
“The Adventures of Parti and Ozi” air quality curriculum was developed by the LCER using funds awarded by the District from the settlement of air quality violations. The MDAQMD often recommends the implementation of a Supplemental Environment Project or “environmental component” as part of a penalty agreement for violations of air quality laws within the MDAQMD’s jurisdictional boundaries.
Lesson objectives include understanding the density of air and the causes and effects of ozone. Students can also create their own statistics about recycling in their classroom and design ways to make a concrete contribution in the fight against air pollution.
The lesson plans can now be accessed on the District’s Web site at “Parti and Ozi” in the Air Quality section under the Education & Outreach, For Teachers. Available begining August 14, 2009.