Air, Natural Resources, and You


Students will analyze data from an air pollution study as well as facts about air pollution and use the data as evidence to infer the effect of using natural resources (fossil fuels and mineral ore) on the atmosphere and on public health.

Objectives
Construct an argument supported by evidence that the stability of populations is affected by changes to an ecosystem. Emphasize how changes to living and nonliving components in an ecosystem affect populations in that ecosystem. Examples could include Utah ecosystems such as mountains, Great Salt Lake, wetlands, and deserts.

Engage in an argument supported by evidence about the effect of per capita consumption of natural resources on Earth’s systems. Emphasize that these resources are limited and may be non-renewable. Examples of evidence include rates of consumption of food and natural resources such as freshwater, minerals, and energy sources.

Performance Expectations
Students will analyze data from an air pollution study as well as facts about air pollution and use the data as evidence to infer the effect of using natural resources (fossil fuels and mineral ore) on the atmosphere and on public health.


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