The Greenhouse Effect

John Dempsey, University of South Alabama

This site is a joint effort of NOAA Research and the College of Education at the University of South Alabama. The goal of the site is to provide middle school science students and teachers with research and investigation experiences using on-line resources. In this unit students learn about what the greenhouse effect is and what causes it. By looking at greenhouse gas rates and amounts, students can propose reasons for trends and solutions to global warming. Parts of the unit include gathering information from other websites, applying the data gathered, and performing enrichment exercises. This site contains a downloadable teachers guide, student guide, and all activity sheets to make the unit complete.

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Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Atmospheric Science:Climatology
Resource Type: Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities
Inquiry Level: Step-By-Step Instruction
Special Interest: Computer-Based
Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Climate Literacy Principles: Sun Drives Earth System:Greenhouse Effect, UV, Infrared, Complex Interactions:Greenhouse Gases
Use: Illustrating concepts and ideas, Enabling Student Investigation
Topics: Atmosphere, Human Dimensions/Resources, Climate
Theme: Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science