Teaching about the Greenhouse Effect, Global Warming, and Climate Change can be tricky. First of all, there are a lot of people out there that have strong opinions about global warming and climate change. Second of all, it is a complicated topic.
I would start by teaching about the Greenhouse Effect. The greenhouse effect is a normal process that balances our global temperature.
The greenhouse effect is the process by which radiation from a planet’s atmosphere warms the planet’s surface to a temperature above what it would be without its atmosphere. If a planet’s atmosphere contains radiatively active gases they will radiate energy in all directions
After explaining to the students that the greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon and it helps our Earth to stay a comfortable temperature, I would make sure they understand that without the greenhouse effect, our Earth would get very cold.
I would use slide shows and nonfiction reading to introduce concepts about the Greenhouse effect and probably also a hands-on science investigation.
I provide students with QR codes that take them to reputable sites to gather information.
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