Add Stub # – Karan – Ozone-Monitoring Gardens
Students will plant milkweed to create an ozone-monitoring garden in spring or fall for the following year’s class. At the beginning of the school year (late summer or early fall) students will monitor the milkweed planted by the previous year’s class or observe other ozone–sensitive plants in the schoolyard to determine whether ozone levels got high enough to damage leaves.
Students will also explore ways in which some pollutants can be reduced by making models of cyclone hoppers and electrostatic precipitators, which collect particle pollution before it escapes from smokestacks. Ground-level ozone cannot be mitigated this way, so students will brainstorm ways to reduce ozone by changing things people do. Students will contribute to a nation-wide citizen science project by contributing data from the study of their ozone-monitoring garden.
Video credit: Neil Bromhall
|TOPIC:||Life Science, Natural Selection and Adaptations|
|GA STANDARDS(GSES):||S4L2. Survival or Extinction of Organisms, a. Effects of Pollution on Habitats, b. Factors Leading to Extinction, c. Environmental Changes Effect on Ecosystems||NGSS CORE IDEA:||LS4.C Adaptation|
|PRACTICE:||Asking Question/Defining Problems, Developing & Using Models, Engaging in Argument from Evidence, Investigations, Planning & Carrying Out Investigations|
|CROSSCUTTING CONCEPTS:||Cause and Effect, Patterns, Stability and Change, Systems and System Models|