Students discover which gases are greenhouse gases—and how they affect Earth’s energy budget.
Using modelling clay, cable ties and cocktail sticks they will produce models of methane, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, argon and water vapour and explore what makes a greenhouse gas.
The activity lasts about 35 minutes.
Use the following documents to find out about the latest climate science research. The information is intended to support your own knowledge and help you answer students’ questions:
The documents below explain how to run the activity and provide all the templates and materials you’ll need.
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Building greenhouse gases: student activity sheet (PDF Document)
Building greenhouse gases: instructions for teachers (PDF Document)
Building greenhouse gases: slides (PDF Document)