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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th


Science, Biology, English Language Arts, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Scientific Papers or Reports
  • Worksheet
  • Video, 9 minutes, 13 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Video, 1 minutes, 29 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Video, 2 minutes, 54 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Video, 2 minutes, 57 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States



How Does Reducing Air Pollution Help Birds?

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  • This scientific paper, worksheet, and accompanying videos discuss the ways that air pollution reduction programs have affected bird populations.
  • This resource walks students through the scientific process and includes vocabulary terms, reading comprehension questions with a teacher's key, videos, related resources, and the original journal article.
Teaching Tips


  • This paper includes a colorful, engaging PDF with highlighted text, a glossary, references, and graphs.
  • The videos within this resource elaborate on the content by providing information on various implications of air pollution.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers must create a free account in order to access the Teacher's Key, which involves providing your name, email address, and school.


  • The "Check for Understanding" questions are a great way to assess students' comprehension. Allowing students to discuss their answers with partners may be a way to deepen their understanding of the topic.
  • Since this text includes many scientific vocabulary terms, have students read the article more than once, allowing them to listen to the narrated video the first time and then reading it independently afterward.
  • Before diving into this resource, ask students to discuss whether they think reducing air pollution can help birds, and then follow up with their responses after reading the article.
  • To deepen students' understanding of particulate air pollution, consider having the class engage in this other hands-on activity that encourages critical thinking.
Scientist Notes
Reducing air pollution has obvious benefits on human health. This study looks at how improved air quality helps birds as well. This resource is researched and sourced to our highest standards and is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
      • RI.8.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • RST.11-12.8 Evaluate the hypotheses, data, analysis, and conclusions in a science or technical text, verifying the data when possible and corroborating or challenging conclusions with other sources of information.
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • SL.11-12.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, qualitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
  • Mathematics
    • Functions: Linear, Quadratic, & Exponential Models (9-12)
      • HSF.LE.A.3 Observe using graphs and tables that a quantity increasing exponentially eventually exceeds a quantity increasing linearly, quadratically, or (more generally) as a polynomial function.
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • HSS.IC.B.6 Evaluate reports based on data.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
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