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ONLINE COURSE: 6th Grade -> Introductions and Air Pollution - What's it all about? (KWL) Week 1

Part 1. Introduction
This week we will be introducing Outdoor Air Pollution and reviewing the first 6th Grade activity, Air Pollution - What's it all about? (KWL). To begin, please read and review each of the following Indoor and Outdoor air pollution resources. While this project focuses on Outdoor air pollution, it will be useful for you to review both so as to better understand the related concepts. Once you've reviewed these sites, please refer to the Assignment below.


Assignment A - Outdoor Air Pollution: Introduce yourself AND respond to at least one posting using the Discussion Board (see Instructions) by Thursday, 3/24/2005. Be sure to include the following:

  • your name, the name of your school, and any other information that you would like to share.
  • one new fact about outdoor air pollution you learned from the above resources;
  • how outdoor air pollution differs from indoor air pollution; and
  • at least two questions you have about outdoor air pollution you'd like to have answered by the end of this project.



Part 2. Air Pollution - What's it all about? (KWL) Activity
First review the following Background information and then follow the instructions below to access the lesson linked off the project web site and complete the activity. NOTE: You will be asked to review and send a completed student handout (linked in the upper-right hand corner of each lesson) to the course instructors after EVERY online session.

The first activity you will introduce to your students for this project is Air Pollution - What's it all about?. In this activity, the class will collaboratively construct a KWL to organize their thoughts and ideas regarding air pollution.

2.1. Review the Background Information

A KWL is a teaching tool used in classrooms. Implementing a KWL involves teachers activating students' prior knowledge by asking them what they already Know about a topic; then students set goals specifying what they Want to learn about the topic; and after completing the activity or lesson, students discuss what they have Learned.

A suggested method for performing a KWL with students is to use a flipchart, so as the information is filled in, it can be kept for future reference to complete the What we learned portion. Also, using one sheet of paper for each question is beneficial to allow room for several student suggestions.

Ask one question at a time and allow the students enough time to brainstorm responses for the What we know section. Then proceed to the What we want to find out section. Once the activity is complete and you have the wall space, it would be desirable to hang the sheets of paper around the room to continually prompt student thinking as they move through the lessons, and also allow the students an opportunity to add more questions to the What we want to find out column.

For example:

Ground Level Ozone
Question What We Know What we want to find out What we learned
  1. What do you think causes air pollution?
  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Factories
  • What other human activities or inventions cause air pollution?
  • Can anything be done to decrease the amount of air pollution?


2.2 Review the "Teachers" Lesson Plan & Complete the Student Activity

  1. Access the Project web site select CT, New Haven, Grade 7, and then select the Air Pollution - What's it all about? activity in the left-hand navigation bar.
  2. Scroll down and select the "Teachers" icon Teachers icon. A pop-up teacher lesson plan will appear. Review each of the sections, access and/or print all of the required materials, and return to the student activity.
    • NOTE: It is recommended that you PRINT this Teacher lesson plan so you can refer back to it as you complete the activity and to take notes on it in preparation for when you will use this lesson with your students.
  3. Follow the directions and complete the Student activity. Enter your answers electronically in the Microsoft WORD version of Student Handout. When you complete the activity, refer to the Assignment below.



Assignment B - Air Pollution KWL Activity: Collaborate with your break-out group to complete the following activity:
Note: You will need to coordinate with your break-out group members either by e-mail or phone to complete this assignment.

  • Use the KWL Word document (kwl.doc) to create a list of at least 6 questions to be included in the KWL you plan to use when implementing the Air Pollution - What's it all about? (KWL) activity with your students;
  • Draft potential answers to these questions.
  • Send the list of six questions and answers to the course Instructors via e-mail by Thursday, 3/24/2005.
    • Each group should submit the ONE copy of completed kwl.doc to the Course Instructors with all the break-out group members' names.
    • Be sure to include New Haven, CT Grade 6 Week One Activity in the subject of your e-mail message.



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