Modeling Climate Science

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Grade Level

  • 6-8


  • Kits, Curricula, & Resources

one of our traditional workshop kits available for teachers to borrow.

Your VEEP/NHEEP educator will supply you with a lesson plan and personalized support as you use this equipment.

Students develop their understanding of factors that have caused a rise in global temperatures over the past century with emphasis on the major role that human activities play. Students test and compare bottle models of two “Earths” — one with room air and one with added CO2 and water vapor — to collect evidence and formulate a claim about the relationship between greenhouse gases and Earth's average air temperature, then participate in a scientist meeting to discuss their claims and add to their understanding of the effects of greenhouse gases.

What's in the kit? bottles to model earth, plastic flasks, tubing, rubber stoppers, thermometers, heat lamps, extension cords. 

Time committment: 1-3 class periods

Kit cost: $40 

NGSS Standards Addressed

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. 



  • Climate Change