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Greenhouse Gas Game

Secondary, Elementary, Middle

Description

Through interactive play on a life-sized game board, students are introduced to three of the most common greenhouse gases and the role these have in the natural and enhanced greenhouse effect. Teams add or remove greenhouse gases from their shared atmosphere to experience the effects of human actions.

A copy of the game board is found here

 

General Assessment

What skills does this resource explicitly teach?

The activity helps students understand those skills associated with understanding cause and effect and hypothesizing as to the possible effects of selected actions. It also helps students analyze their ecological footprint. 

Strengths

The lesson plan provides the teacher with a well constructed framework of questions to guide student thinking and investigation of the greenhouse gases and their effects. The game provides a tactile experience that helps students to better internalize and remember what was learned.

The lesson includes imaginative and effective strategies for determining the students understanding of the issues addressed and a number of interesting extension activities.

Recommendation of how and where to use it

The resource should be used as an introductory activity in the study of climate change. 

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Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

    • Climate Change
  • Citizenship (1)

    • Ecological Footprint