Understanding the Indoor Environment: IAQ Lesson Plans
Curriculum type: Unit
Academic subject area: Career-Technical Education
States' Career Clusters: Health Science; Architecture & Construction
California Industry sector(s): Health Science and Medical Technology; Building Trades and Construction
Grade Targets: Middle/Junior High, 9, 10, 11, 12
Level of Expertise for CTE: All
Targeted Support Material: Industry Involvement
Standards Addressed: Detailed documentation of alignment with Common Core, State and/or Industry Standards included
McREL Science Standards: Earth and Space Sciences 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, Physical Sciences 8.1, 8.3, 8.5
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Source: Organization/Publisher-developed Credit: National Education Association Health Information Network
Curriculum Link: http://www.neahin.org/educator-resources/understanding-the-indoor.html
Related Website(s): http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/actionkit.html
Twenty one lessons that explore the indoor or "built" environment, and issues affecting the quality of air indoors, and it's impact on health and productivity. Lessons cover the concepts and vocabulary related to the indoor environment, explore sources of pollution, and ways to prevent indoor environment problems. Students examine ventilation systems and mechanical air flow and their effect in the indoor environment, and categorize causes of indoor air pollution. Several options for assessment are provided.
Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives
The students will be able to list questions, vocabulary and key ideas to learn during a unit of study about the indoor environment. Students will brainstorm concepts related to the indoor environment, define the concept of the indoor environment, and list properties of the indoor environment.
Twenty one activities utilize a variety of learning modes, and include hands-on and interactive approaches. Intended to supplement the Environmental Protection Agency's "IAQ Tools for Schools," this set of lesson plans offers options for the following content areas: effects of indoor air pollution on occupants, identifying indoor environment pollutants, composition of air, sources of indoor air pollution, solving indoor environmental problems (preventing and fixing), defining the indoor environment, movement of air (natural and mechanical airflow), and vocabulary.
Culminating Activity and/or Assessment
Assessment activities include developing, designing and evaluating solutions to indoor environment problems, as well as publishing a magazine or ABC book, or writing speeches to inform school board members about IAQ problems.
Instructional Materials Needed
Computers, supplies to make dioramas, standard school supplies such as markers, chart paper, masking tape, and sticky notes, poster paint and poster board. Videos and other resources are referenced from the EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit.
Instructional Materials Provided
Detailed lesson plans with supporting worksheets and materials.