I Didn’t Do It…Did I?: Make Your Own Greenhouse Effect

How do greenhouse gases affect the climate on Earth?  Pupils explore the concept by first building their own apparatuses to model the greenhouse effect. Then, they record data to measure temperature change and determine that the amount of carbon dioxide affects the results of the experiment. Finally, pupils learn about the connection between the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and human activities.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Perform the experiment as a demonstration and let learners collect and analyze the data 
  • Have half of the class collect a control sample of the data in room temperature, while the other half collects data under a heat lamp
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires materials that may not be found in a typical classroom
  • Uses sharp tools
  • Part six of the 10-installment Discover Your Changing World series
  • Hands-on, engaging activity
  • Supports data analysis skills
  • None
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