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Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming Laboratory Kit for environmental science will provide you with a better understanding of the greenhouse effect and global warming.

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What is the greenhouse effect? How does the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere affect the temperature of the Earth? Where do greenhouse gases originate? Students will answer these questions and gain a better understanding of the greenhouse effect and global warming with this student laboratory kit. In part one, a bottle that is half-covered with black paper is exposed to a light source. The air temperature inside this “greenhouse bottle” is measured and compared to that of a clear bottle exposed to the same light source. In part two, students collect carbon dioxide from various sources and bubble the gas samples through indicator solutions. The amount of base that must be added to return each solution to its original color will be measured and analyzed. Includes detailed student instructions, comprehensive Teacher Notes and reproducible student handouts. 

Complete for five student groups.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
MS-ESS3.D: Global Climate Change
HS-ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems
HS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
HS-ESS3.D: Global Climate Change

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
HS-ESS2-4. Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
HS-ESS3-6. Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.