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Header Picture Captions: Left to Right: Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial S.P. Nature Detectives, Summer 2010; Academie Lafayette, Kansas City, Stream Class; Sustain Mizzou Green Team recycling at an MU home football game, Columbia. If you have pictures of your students learning aout or working in the environment (with permissions) send them to weaverjc@missouri.edu and we will post them.

Missouri Environmental Education News November 2014

MU Students Tour Bradford Farm

University of Missouri Environmental Leadership Office tour of MU's Bradford Farm for students. The Environmental Leadership Office collaborates with MU students to provide support, resources, education and leadership opportunities, empowering them to get involved and take meaningful action to address environmental issues on campus and beyond. Check out the office at http://environmentalleadership.missouri.edu

News (from October 2014)

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Professional Development Workshops

Calendars of Outdoor, Nature, Environment and Sustainability Organizations

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MEEA Environmental Literacy Quizzes

Air Pollution

Take one or more of these on-line environmental literacy quizzes and help us improve them! All four quizzes consist of questions randomly selected from a 30+ question bank for each grade level. For early elementary there are 5 questions per quiz, for the older grades there are 10 questions per quiz.

Help us answer these questions:

  1. Assuming the students have covered these topics in school, is the vocabulary, sentence complexity and topic appropriate for each grade? Keep in mind, kids can master long words and simple concepts if they are taught to them.
  2. Are there any errors in the questions or the answers, either factual or grammatical?

To take a quiz, click on its link. You will be sent to a sign- in page which will ask for your name. Then just start the quiz. At the end you will get your score and see the correct answers. Quizzes can be repeated, but questions and answers are shuffled with each quiz.

Please share any thoughts, comments, or corrections you have with me at weaverjc@missouri.edu.

Link to On-line Quiz Quiz Description

Early Elementary K-2 air pollution art

The Early Elementary Quiz introduces students to concrete concepts related to the nature of air and gases, oxygen, air movements, wind, breathing, and smoke.

Vocabulary words used in the questions that might be unfamiliar are: air, argon, ashes, campfire, carbon dioxide (as used by plants), chemicals, clay, clouds, engine, exhaust, filter, fog, freezing, gas (as in a state of matter), gasoline, helium liquid, matter (as in materials), mixture, nitrogen, outer space, oxygen, particles, solid


Upper Elementary 3-5 air pollution image

The Upper Elementary Quiz covers concepts related to the percentages of gases in the air, carbon dioxide - how it gets into plants and the rise in the amount of CO2 in the air, fossil fuels - the different kinds and how they are used - asthma and other breathing problems, air pollution, and the Air Quality Index

Vocabulary words used in the questions that might be unfamiiar are: accident, agricultural wastes, air conditioned, air quality, argon - Ar, asthma, carbon dioxide - CO2, chronic (as in a disease), coal, downwind, electricity, exhaust (as in car exhaust), factories, fossil fuels, fuel oil, genetic, hazardous, headaches, helium, idling, irritation (as in irritated eyes), joints (as in knees and elbows), landfill gases, millions, natural gas, nitrogen - N2, North America, ocean, oxygen - O2, particles, percentage, plutonium, pollution, power plant, prevailing (as in prevailing winds), sensitive (as in sensitive to air pollution), sniffles, solar power, swamps, tanks (as in gas tank), trigger (as in trigger an asthma attack), upwind, uranium, volcanos, wheezing, wind power

Middle School6-8 air pollution image

The Middle School Quiz covers concepts related to the Environmental Protection Agency's six categories of "criteria air pollutants", the first ones identified as needing nationa standards: carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen oxides, ozone, particulate matter and sulfur dioxide. Students also need to be able to use percentages in calculations

Vocabulary words or terms used in the questions that might be unfamiliar are: acid rain, asthma, bogs, carbon, carbon monoxide - CO, chemistry, condense, criteria air pollutant, explosive, evaporate, environment, Environmental Protection Agency- EPA, fossil fuels, fumes, furnace, idle (as in letting an engine idle), indoor air pollution, IQ, lead (as in the element) leaded gasoline, micrograms/cubic meter, micron, mobile sources, molecule, natural gas, nitrogen dioxide - NO2, obesity, ozone - O3, pH, ppm (as in parts per million), ppb (as in parts per billion), particulate matter - PM2.5 and PM10, phased out, photochemical smog, power plant, propane, sampling, smog, stratosphere, sulfur dioxide - SO2, volatile organic compounds - VOCs

High School9-12 air pollution quiz image

The High School Quiz covers air pollutants that have less direct effects than first generation of air pollutants (see the Middle School quiz), but whose widespread and long term impacts are very serious for the health ofthe planet and/or for people. These include carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, ozone depleting chemicals and mercury. The quiz also goes into what goverment can do to reduce air polltution.

Vocabulary words or terms used in the questions that might be unfamiliar are: accelerants (CFCs), Air Quality Index - AQI, ambient (as in ambient air oollution), cap and trade (as in the emissions control mechanism), Carboniferous (as in the geologic era), chlorofluorcarbons - CFCs, coal-fired power plant, economic incentive, emitter (of pollutants), Environmental Protection Agency - EPA, Kyoto Protocol, mercury,mesosphere, methyl mercury, Montreal Protocol, National Ambient Air Quality Standards - NAAQS, Near Road EXposures to Urban Air Pollutants - NEXUS, non-governmental organizations, ozone - O3, ozone hole, ppm (as in parts per million), ppt (as in parts per trillion), refrigerants (CFCs), scrubber (as in system that cleans pollutants from smoke stack emissions), stratosphere, Supreme Court, thermosphere, troposphere, World Health Organization








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