Activity Overview

The scientific community generally agrees that the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is causing an increase in average global temperatures, known as the Greenhouse Effect. This is where the Sun's radiation enters the Earth's atmosphere in a range of wavelengths. The Earth absorbs this radiation and emits it as infrared radiation. Some of the radiation is radiated back into space, but some of this infrared radiation is absorbed by the greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. This causes the atmosphere to warm up.

In this activity, students will create a model of the greenhouse effect. Using labels and arrows, they'll show how radiation moves throughout the atmosphere. To scaffold this activity, consider adding arrows or labels and letting students fill in the blanks.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a model of the Greenhouse Effect in a storyboard.

  1. Click "Start Assignment"
  2. Find an appropriate scene to show the greenhouse effect. (Look for the rainbow scene in Mythical and Futuristic!)
  3. Add characters and items as necessary.
  4. Use arrows to show the movement of energy.
  5. Label the main parts of the greenhouse effect with Textables.
  6. Add extra information about the greenhouse effect with text boxes. Describe what is happening at each stage.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [SCI-MS-ESS3-4] Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
  • [SCI-MS-ESS3-5] Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Labelled System
Label and describe a model of the digestive system.
33 Points
16 Points
0 Points
Identification of Parts
All the parts have been identified.
Most of the parts have been identified.
Some of the parts have been identified.
Description of Parts
All the parts have a clear description which contains good scientific vocabulary.
Most of the parts have a clear description.
Some of the parts have a clear description.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

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