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        Minnesota | Activity 11.4: The Role of Government in Minnesota’s Environment

        In this interactive activity, students view material from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), specifically the Air Quality Index (AQI). Students determine what pollution potentially affects them the most.

        Lesson Summary

         In this interactive activity, students view material from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), specifically the Air Quality Index (AQI). Students determine what pollution potentially affects them the most.

        This lesson is part of "Great States: Minnesota | Unit 11: Post-Cold War and Minnesota" which enables students to describe economic and social changes that took place in Minnesota during and after the Cold War era. Students also learn about some concerns of modern-day Minnesota.

        Time Allotment

        20 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards:

        6.2.4.8.1: Explain why federal and state governments regulate economic activity to promote public well-being. 

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        Directions

        1. Disperse the Air Quality Research handout.

        1. Project the online interactive from the EPA for the class. Navigate through the interactive as students take notes on air quality index values, types of pollutants, and health effects.

        1. Divide the class into groups to monitor the AQI for different cities. Assign each group a city in Minnesota and have them record the AQI values for their city found at AIRNow.gov. [If no computer lab is available, the activity can be accomplished by you navigating to AIRnow and scrolling through the Minnesota data].

        1. Have students write a paragraph on any events that may affect the AQI (such as a forest fire or extreme heat) for the day.

        1. If time allows, have students present their findings as a group to the rest of the class.

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