Greenhouse Gas Modeling Activity

This Greenhouse Gas Modeling Activity lesson plan also includes:

Why are greenhouse gases called greenhouse gases? Young Earth scientists learn about greenhouse gases though experimentation in the second installment of a 3-part series. They use lamps to model radiant energy as well as warming through greenhouse gases.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Instruct pupils to graph both sets of data for the greenhouse modeling experiment on the same grid with different colored pencils rather than on two separate grids
Classroom Considerations

  • Experiment requires a wide variety of materials
  • Lesson assumes some basic knowledge of the connection between Earth's atmosphere and surface temperatures
Pros

  • Worksheet includes questions that help connect the models to the real earth
  • Resource offers extensions and connections for further investigation
Cons

  • One of the blank grids is split across two separate pages
  • Data table has more rows than needed, which may cause confusion