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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 plan on a foundational topic.
Students complete an online simulation of the greenhouse effect. In this lesson plan 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 plan 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 activity 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.
Students investigate the greenhouse effect and examine the potential effects of climate change in the Arctic. They construct a mini-greenhouse and test its effect on temperature, analyze historical climate statistics, and conduct an experiment about the insulating properties of sea ice.