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PurpleAir

Grades

8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Health

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

Global

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Synopsis
  • This interactive map resource provides real-time information about air quality and other data for numerous locations around the world.
  • Clicking on a location will pull up a graph of recent data and details about the air quality score.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource provides a lot of information in an easy-to-understand format.
  • Students will be able to see the air quality effects of wildfire events, traffic, or times of high energy use.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with PM 2.5.
  • This resource requires access to the Internet and a device.

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with social studies classes when discussing the health and societal impacts of air pollution.
  • Students could work in groups to evaluate the pollution in different countries or cities.
  • Have students take screenshots of their local area or assigned locations and gather details on the level of pollution during different times of the day, week, and month. Have them graph their data and present it to the class.
Scientist Notes

This map contains real-time data on air quality. Areas exposed or at risk are shown on the scale. Data source from EPA is accurate and valid to teach air quality assessment. The resource is recommended.

Standards

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

  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-4. Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
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