Greenhouse Effect Teaching Box

Greenhouse EffectThis teaching box provides resources related to the greenhouse effect. It will help you teach how the greenhouse effect works, and how it prevents Earth from becoming a frozen ball of ice!

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Greenhouse EffectThis teaching box provides resources related to the greenhouse effect. It will help you teach how the greenhouse effect works, and how it prevents Earth from becoming a frozen ball of ice!

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Overview

Greenhouse Effect diagramUCAR Center for Science Education Teaching Boxes are themed collections of classroom-ready educational resources to build student understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Resources highlighted within teaching boxes are from various science education programs and all have been vetted by the UCAR Center for Science Education team.

  • Topic: The Greenhouse Effect
  • Level: Middle and high school
  • How to use this resource: Select resources from the following tab that are best suited for your students to meet the learning goals. Resources are sequenced to build student understanding. (There are often more resources linked within each section than you will need.)

This teaching box currently contains one tab, which provides an overview of the greenhouse effect. In the future, we will add other tabs providing more detail about particular greenhouse gases and to address the enhanced greenhouse effect generated by human impacts on Earth's environment, primarily the burning of fossil fuels.

The Greenhouse Effect

Goal: Students will learn how greenhouse gases temporarily trap heat within Earth's atmosphere, warming our planet via the greenhouse effect.

Activity: Students explore the greenhouse effect through computer simulations and then dive deeper learning how the greenhouse effect works via readings and videos online.

 

Performance Expectations and Standards:

Middle School

  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Developing and Using Models; Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Constructing Explanations
  • NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Energy and Matter; Stability and Change; Systems and System Models; Cause and Effect; Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: MS-PS3.A Definitions of Energy
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: MS-PS3.B Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: MS-ESS2.A Earth's Materials and Systems
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: MS-ESS2.D Weather and Climate
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: MS-ESS3.D Global Climate Change
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: MS-ESS3.A Natural Resources
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: MS-ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems

High School

  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Developing and Using Models; Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Constructing Explanations
  • NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Energy and Matter; Stability and Change; Systems and System Models; Cause and Effect; Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: HS-PS3.A Definitions of Energy
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: HS-PS3.B Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: HS-ESS2.A Earth's Materials and Systems
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: HS-ESS2.D Weather and Climate
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: HS-ESS3.D Global Climate Change
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: HS-ESS3.A Natural Resources
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: HS-ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems