Are you teaching an objective that reads something like: Identify some of the main causes, effects and sources of air pollution? This activity will introduce the complex topic of air pollution in STEM, Environmental Science or Biology.
Each student receives a handout. While I take attendance, each student reads the short Scientific American article, highlights and follows directions. Those who forgot their highlighter, underline the required information. Ten minutes is generally all students need to complete the activity. Together, the class and teacher go over vocabulary and answers. The class chooses 3 key words to add to the word wall.
Be aware that the article from Scientific America was written in 1997, and is still relevant today. If you want to extend the activity you can have students locate other air pollution disasters, and impacts of the EPA regulations on air pollution over time.
Last note, this reading activity dovetails nicely with the reading efforts of my school. Administrators appreciate that a Science teacher is assisting in the effort. You can use it as a pair/share activity. If you want to extend this introduction with notes or a demonstration of air pollution, temperature inversion, or ozone, then, you will have created a great lesson for an observation. Included is a Ticket Out the Door to make you observation complete. (Good luck!)
Please note: Hamza has free clip art, and Discovery Channel has free tools to create a crossword puzzle. Find them on the web.