Modeling the Greenhouse Effect with Fish Bowls (Inquiry)

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I use this in Environmental Science, a class that has 10th-12th graders mixed, and students with a wide range of ability levels. We discuss the greenhouse effect, and then I introduce this project to the students so they can SHOW me the greenhouse effect in action.

I had a whole bunch of plastic fish bowls (similar to these) left over from a different lab kit, which I use (and re-use each year) for this project. I provide students with clip-on lights (similar to these) and leave the rest up to them. As for other materials, that’s up to you. I purposely do NOT bring out materials when introducing this activity, because I want the students to think critically about what they need (like plastic wrap, thermometers, etc) and ask me for them.

If you purchase the product, I list a couple materials that would probably be good to have on-hand, provide information about how I use the rubric and a "conference" with students to assess their understanding, and an example schedule that you could follow for the activity.


It's simple, but an effective way to have students get hands-on with the greenhouse effect!

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3 days
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NGSSHS-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. Examples of the causes of climate change differ by timescale, over 1-10 years: large volcanic eruption, ocean circulation; 10-100s of years: changes in human activity, ocean circulation, solar output; 10-100s of thousands of years: changes to Earth's orbit and the orientation of its axis; and 10-100s of millions of years: long-term changes in atmospheric composition. Assessment of the results of changes in climate is limited to changes in surface temperatures, precipitation patterns, glacial ice volumes, sea levels, and biosphere distribution.

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