Tell students that Activity 1 (Constructing an Argument) of the lesson Will the Air Be Clean Enough To Breathe? introduces the structure of the scientific argumentation they will be asked to do in the rest of the lesson. Tell students that Activity 1 will give them practice with analyzing a data set and making a good scientific argument from the evidence. Encourage students to review the questions and example best answers provided in Activity 1 before starting on the current activity.

Subjects & Disciplines

  • Earth Science

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • create a good scientific argument in the context of air quality science

Teaching Approach

  • Inquiry-based learning

Teaching Methods

  • Self-directed learning
  • Self-paced learning
  • Writing

Skills Summary

This activity targets the following skills:

What You’ll Need

Materials You Provide

  • Computers with Internet connection

Required Technology

  • Internet Access: Required

Background Information

Prior Knowledge

  • None

Recommended Prior Activities

  • None

Vocabulary

claim
Verb

to state as the truth.

concentration
Noun

measure of the amount of a substance or grouping in a specific place.

crop yield
Noun

material produced by a farmer or farm, usually measured in weight per hectare.

evidence
Noun

data that can be measured, observed, examined, and analyzed to support a conclusion.

ozone
Noun

form of oxygen that absorbs ultraviolet radiation.

pollutant
Noun

chemical or other substance that harms a natural resource.

sorghum
Noun

type of grain.

Partner

Funder

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1220756. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.