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This web page is a module for Grades 6-9 on the Earth's greenhouse effect.  It contains background information for teachers on the atmospheric gases that absorb and trap heat to make our planet suitable for life.  It also compares atmospheres of nearby planets.  Included are classroom activities with printable student guides that help students understand factors that influence heat-trapping ability of a greenhouse, including its structure and surface color.
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Topic: Heat and Temperature
Unit Title: Environmental Concerns: Global Climate and Greenhouse Effect

This lesson for grades 6-9 promotes understanding of the Earth's Greenhouse Effect:  without the heat-trapping capabilities of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, life would not be possible on Earth.  Yet as levels of greenhouse gases rise, global temperatures are going up.  This module explores the greenhouse effect through activities using 2-liter plastic soda bottles, thermometers, and a reflector lamp.

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Topic: Heat and Temperature
Unit Title: Environmental Concerns: Global Climate and Greenhouse Effect

This lesson for 9th grade Physical Science promotes understanding of the Earth's Greenhouse Effect.  It goes into detail to explain solar radiation and how greenhouse gases in the atmosphere absorb infrared radiation to maintain a heat cycle.  Students further explore the greenhouse effect through activities using 2-liter plastic soda bottles, thermometers, and a reflector lamp.

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Cycles of the Earth and Atmosphere: The Greenhouse Effect, (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, 2001), <http://www.ucar.edu/learn/1_3_1.htm>.
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Cycles of the Earth and Atmosphere: The Greenhouse Effect. (2007, October 11). Retrieved October 1, 2014, from University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: http://www.ucar.edu/learn/1_3_1.htm
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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Cycles of the Earth and Atmosphere: The Greenhouse Effect. Boulder: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, October 11, 2007. http://www.ucar.edu/learn/1_3_1.htm (accessed 1 October 2014).
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