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Suggested Reading/Resources

As you may have already noticed, XRT Lab provides useful links and references for additional information from each of its topical pages. The following items reflect some of those resources, and other particularly useful items we've found. We'll be adding to this page on a regular basis, so check back periodically for new stuff.

Online curricula:

In the Air. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funded the Missouri Botanical Gardenís EarthWays Center to design and develop a full spectrum of environmental education materials that can be used to educate and help K-12 students and adults better understand airborne toxics issues in their communities. The goal is to increase knowledge about air pollution and to make connections between behaviors and air quality.

The Gateway. This online repository of educational materials is a special project of the U.S. Department of Education. It contains hundreds of high quality educational resources, organized in a search-able database.

EE-Link is a repository of environmental education resources, compiled by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).

Air Defenders: The Quest for Clean Air. Want to be a hero? Use this multi-media, multidisciplinary training kit to deputize children (ages 8-11) and train them for their mission - to help clean the air and protect community health. As Air Defenders, they'll learn about open burning and respiratory health through science, health, and music-based lessons.

Air, Air Everywhere - Teachers use this guide to teach about the composition of air, what air pollution is, where it comes from, and what we can do about it. The ten teacher-led, hands-on activities in this guide are aimed at 3rd through 5th grades, but can be adapted for other levels.

The Air Quality Workshop for Teachers: A Toolkit for Facilitators. The Toolkit is designed to help K-12 teachers better understand air pollution issues and related health effects, experience hands-on activities, and gain insights into global warming.