Lesson Plan

Ground Level Ozone Monitoring - Middle School

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Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
ground level ozone, air pollution effects, biomonitoring, Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Scientists have noticed that ground level ozone levels tend to be worse at higher elevations, especially at night.  This lesson will introduce students to these ozone issues. This unit is broken into three parts involving a trip to the park and is accompanied by three preparation activities and two wrap-up activities.


1) be able to estimate the percentage of injury on the leaves of various plant species
2) become familiar with the vocabulary associated with estimating ozone symptoms on plants (stippling, chlorosis, necrosis)
3) become familiar with types and sources of air pollution in the Smokies
4) learn ways to help reduce air pollution

Last updated: April 14, 2015