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Effects of Living in a Greenhouse

Lesson Plan

Introduction

As we've been exploring our atmosphere, the weather within it, and human effects on the atmosphere, some of you have asked some very big questions.

You've all seen commercials about the changing climate and you've been told in school that we have to reduce our waste, find alternative fuels and how the environment is being effected by too much carbon.

We've just finished our very basic unit into understanding elements and matter. The atmosphere is matter too, it's a gas.

We will use our understanding of atoms and molecules, how gasses behave and create knowledge about climate change by engaging in several mini lessons and explorations.

Remember to have your science notebooks handy as you will need them to jot down your discoveries and your thinking.

State Standards:

Earth and Space Science

Essential Question:

What does it mean to have an atmosphere?

Lesson Question:

Greenhouse Effect

Introduction:

As we've been exploring our atmosphere, the weather within it, and human effects on the atmosphere, some of you have asked some very big questions.

You've all seen commercials about the changing climate and you've been told in school that we have to reduce our waste, find alternative fuels and how the environment is being effected by too much carbon.

We've just finished our very basic unit into understanding elements and matter. The atmosphere is matter too, it's a gas.

We will use our understanding of atoms and molecules, how gasses behave and create knowledge about climate change by engaging in several mini lessons and explorations.

Remember to have your science notebooks handy as you will need them to jot down your discoveries and your thinking.

Task:

First thing is first, the greenhouse effect.
Read below to find out your task and process to investigate this scientific concept.

Your group has been given the task to join the Medford Panel on Climate Change. Your job is to investigate how the greenhouse effect works and present that information to the group.

The questions that the MPCC is trying to determine:

You will present your findings to the committee in a debate format with the help of a prezi or glogster presentation.

Lesson Experiences:

  1. In table groups brainstorm everything you think you've heard that relates to the idea of "greenhouse effect". Record this brainstorm in your science notebook.
  2. Your group has been given the task to join the Medford Panel on Climate Change. Your job is to investigate how the greenhouse effect works and present that information to the group. The question that the MPCC is trying to determine: "Is the greenhouse effect a negative effect on the Earth? Should we stop it? How is the greenhouse effect related to climate?"
  3. Using the pHet simulation on the greenhouse effect, explore what happens as greenhouse gas amounts are changed in the atmosphere. Make connections between amount of greenhouse gasses and temperature.
  4. After you've explored the big picture of the atmosphere, move on to investigate how photons effect the molecules individually. Record your data in such a way as to present it to the group.
  5. Watch the video about global warming and the greenhouse effect. Take notes on information that will help to present your case about what potential negative or positive effects greenhouse gasses have on the atmosphere.

Conclusion:

In your groups, come to a decision as to how you wish to answer the questions posed to you by the MPCC.

Prepare your data and explanations for a classroom debate.

You will need to make a claim of statement on the questions and provide evidence from information that you've collected to support that claim. You must also provide reasoning and back up your claim with elaborating on why you chose that evidence.

Assessments:

Presenting your debate.

Each team will be allowed a 5 minute time to present their findings in either Glogster or Prezi format.

Each presentation will need to include:

rubrics

Resources:

insert video

Watch this video from WGBH TeachersDomain:

Prezi Site

Create a new glog