Greenhouse Gases

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8
Organization:Environmental Health Student Portal
Summary:Learn about the role of greenhouse gases in climate change with resources from the NLM's Environmental Health Student Portal. The greenhouse gases web page provides basic information for middle level students about greenhouse gases and the human activities that increase them, links to news articles and websites with more information, explanatory videos, experiment ideas, and homework help. Classroom resources include an animated lecture on the greenhouse effect; fact sheets addressing frequently asked questions about climate change (e.g., What is the relationship between climate change and weather? Is the amount of snow and ice on earth decreasing?); and Earth on Fire, a classroom activity from NASA in which students calculate and compare the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from fossil-fuel burning and the actual increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.C; ESS3.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS3-3; MS-ESS3-4; MS-ESS3-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Stability and change
Subjects: 6-8; atmosphere; carbon dioxide; climate; climate change; energy; energy resources; lesson; middle school; natural gas; natural resources; news; oil and gas; pollution; renewable energy; video
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