Meet the Greenhouse Gases
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- This "Stand Alone" resource can be included in a larger lesson or activity focused on greenhouse gases.
- The cards do not come with a lesson plan but could be used in multiple creative ways such as, trading cards, game pieces, flash cards, developing stories using the characters, or possibly as a starting point for further research of gasses.
- Background information on greenhouse gasses can be found on the webpage.
- Printable pages can be made into hard copy cards to use manually.
About the Science
- The characters representing each of the gasses help students to visualize and become acquainted with the attributes of each gas and its relationship in global warming.
- One side of the card describes the "normal/natural" gas in the environment. The other side of the card describes how that gas is being released and added to the atmosphere by human causes, with negative consequences.
- The water vapor card describes a feedback process.
- Cards include compound formula for each gas.
- The Chlorofluorocarbons hero is not created in nature and the card portrays a negative impact on both sides of the card.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- Cartoon heroes capture the attention of the students with vibrant interactive visual cards that help deepen understanding of greenhouse gasses.
- The text that describes the gasses in the introduction and on the cards is brief and concise making it easier for students to access.
- The cards contain helpful happy heroes on one side and when flipped they are less so, as they have a negative impact on the atmosphere.