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First in a two-part lesson on the greenhouse effect, this lesson involves a classroom demonstration of the phenomenon, and a lab group experiment with color and absorption. Although there are easier ways to demonstrate the greenhouse effect, this clever method makes the thermometers easy to read.
Pupils compare the temperature change in a closed and open box as a demonstration of the greenhouse effect. 
Students study photosynthesis and then transfer their understanding of this topic to a consideration of how trees can help reduce the negative impacts of the greenhouse effect. They explain the role of humans in increasing the greenhouse effect.
Ninth graders create a model of greenhouse effect in the lab. In this integrated science lesson, 9th graders investigate the different variables affecting this condition. They research about global warming and prepare a PowerPoint presentation to share with the class.
Students complete an online simulation of the greenhouse effect. In this lesson on the greenhouse effect, students use a website, similar to a webquest, to simulate and answer questions on how the greenhouse effect works. This lesson is part of a larger unit on climate change.
Students create a model of the greenhouse effect by using bottles sealed with plastic wrap. In this greenhouse effect lesson students set up an experiment by breathing into one bottle and sealing it. The second bottle is simply sealed. Students measure temperature throughout with a TI CBL2 or Vernier Labpro. Charts and guided questions are included to assist students in analyzing their results.
Young scholars explain the greenhouse effect. In this global warming lesson, students participate in an activity where they experience how greenhouses gases work and how they contribute to global warming. Young scholars complete a diagram depicting the greenhouse effect.
Why does it get so hot inside of our cars in the summertime? The greenhouse effect! Lab groups experiment to see what happens to an ice cube enclosed in a jar and placed in sunlight as compared to an ice cube outside of the jar. They record the corresponding temperatures as the experiment proceeds. They relate their findings to actual data on the increased carbon dioxide concentration in our atmosphere. It would be beneficial to provide atmospheric temperatures for the same time period to make the connection more obvious. Overall, this is a terrific lesson on a foundational topic.
Students gather information about the Greenhouse Effect and participate in a debate about the merits of this theory on both sides. They explore the Greenhouse Effect, and its possible long-term effects, from a variety of resources.
Young scholars investigate the greenhouse effect and why it happens.
Students investigate the greenhouse effect. In this environmental activity, students investigate why the greenhouse effect changes the climate through an experiment. Students use vinegar to simulate how acid damages the environment.
Students compare 4 different form of carbon dioxide and discuss the role that carbon dioxide has in the Greenhouse Effect. They then understand that the Greenhouse Effect is a naturally occurring event.
Seventh graders investigate the temperature change in open and closed containers. In this earth science lesson plan, 7th graders relate this lab activity to greenhouse effect. They create a line graph from data collected in the experiment.
In this environmental learning exercise, students read the sheet that is about the greenhouse effect. They examine possible solutions to the problem.
Begin a full lesson plan on climate change by demonstrating how carbon dioxide gas contributes to increased temperatures. Be aware that pressure inside the antacid-containing bottle in Activity 2 may cause the lid to fly off; keep viewers at a safe distance and wear safety goggles. Show a PowerPoint presentation to teach energy balance, the greenhouse effect, and other concepts related to climate change. Part of the lesson plan includes demonstrating the effect of melting ice.  
This well-organized lab activity introduces earth science pupils to the greenhouse effect. They will set up two experiments to monitor temperatures in an open jar, a closed jar, and a closed jar containing water. Ideally, you would have small groups perform their own tests, but if you do not have enough jars with lids, they can be done as a whole-class demonstration. A full-page data table, empty graphs, and analysis questions are all provided to help learners process the data. The lesson would make a nice starting point for a unit that addresses global warming and climate change.
Here is an extensive reading resource that addresses our climate change crisis. It thoroughly explains the greenhouse effect, related Earth cycles, and the history of climate change. Use it as part of the intended unit, published by the Texas State Energy Conservation Office, or as part of any curriculum covering global warming and climate change.
Though this is meant to be second in a two-part lesson, the two are not dependent on each other. Pupils play the roles of visible light rays, light or dark surfaces, and carbon dioxide molecules. They interact and react according to protocol. Results are discussed in regard to how simulation represents the effect that carbon dioxide has on the greenhouse effect. 
Students define the term 'global climate change' and explore how it affects our lives. They research greenhouse gases and identify what events are causing an increase in the amount of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Students view videos, conduct experiments and participate in class discussion.
Students explain global climate change. In this global ecology lesson plan, students examine global climate change and set up an experiment to observe the effects of greenhouse gases. The lesson plan concludes with a class discussion on the effects and possible solutions for ecological sustainability.

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