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Students begin this lab by answering some preview questions and making necessary connections between lab materials and what they represent on Earth. Lab materials either used or simulated include:
Heat Lamp – Sun
Glass Flask – Troposphere
Rubber Stopper – Tropopause
Thermometers – Measurement of Heat
Stop Watch – Day/Night
Water – Ocean and Water Vapor
The lab procedure is given in detail with pictures. SO EASY AND FUN TO DO whether simulated or for real! Prior to data collection, students make key connections between the lab and other planetary bodies. In the lab there are 2 scenarios:
Flask A – Greenhouse Effect
Flask B – NO Greenhouse Effect
Temperature data for 2 flasks, each representing a different scenario is collected or simulated for 20 minutes on the two minute mark. The heat lamp is turned off after the 10-minute mark to simulate a general change to nighttime.
Questions are asked throughout the lab exercise to solidify key concepts. Calculations are also made which then leads to a graphing tutorial.
Remember, students can either use the data provided or collect their own. A data table is provided for student choice as well as the different graphing options.
To wrap it up, the 5 primary greenhouse gases are covered in a summary matching activity.
This works well for any level but is GREAT for special education students or college prep learners that need an alternative assessment and may not be great at traditional labs.
Also, perfect for homeschooling!
WIDE RANGE OF ABILITY LEVELS! The application to a diverse body of learners, whether it be age or ability level, is predicated on the fact that the instructor determines the difficulty level of the whole activity or part of the activity based on what information is given and what information is not as well as how verbal questions are presented to the student(s).
This is a thorough and DYNAMIC activity that covers a ton of information about our atmosphere, radiation heating and cooling, mathematical applications, and how our climate can change. This has been used as a pre-class, lab/activity, study guide, review, and assessment. This is an effective teaching tool one on one, in small groups, and as a class when using a Smart Board/Promethean Board/Projection.
A guaranteed hit all around!
A great addition to your meteorology, physical science, and lab teaching library.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 5th – 10th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.
Great feedback from parents, teachers, and administrators.
Applicable to many state science assessments and benchmarks.
Has been applied to state mandated North Carolina end of year tests for science in grades 5 and 8.
Even used by teachers in New York State as a preparation for the Earth Science Grade 9 Regents Exam.
Answer key provided.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”