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 taking attendance, have each student read 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.
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!)
You may ask students about the date of the article. Is there a benefit to doing current research? Could there have been a worse disaster in London since 1952? Have them investigate if you have discrepant answers. (There has not been a worse disaster, also this issue was reference in the movie, "The Crown"). Ask students why there has not been a worse disaster. (Awareness of issue, study, prevention). You may have them discuss why it is important that the EPA monitor the same 6 parameters rather than get new ones.
Please note: Hamza has free clip art, and Discovery Channel has free tools to create a crossword puzzle. Find them on the web.