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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 4 minutes, 3 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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What Is the Greenhouse Effect?

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  • This animated video introduces young learners to the greenhouse effect and explains how it is affecting the Earth. 
  • The topics discussed include greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, solar radiation, fossil fuels, and many human activities that emit greenhouse gases. 
Teaching Tips


  • There is large-font text that accompanies the animations and narration to help with understanding.
  • The narration is clearly spoken and easy to understand.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may be helpful to pause the video between topics to check for understanding or to define any terms that students are unfamiliar with.
  • There may be an ad before the video.


  • You can slow down the speech or turn on the closed captioning and subtitles for ESL students. 
  • This video could be used in lessons about the atmosphere, Earth's history, the solar system, weather, or temperature. 
  • Students could work in groups to further explore each of the activities identified that emit greenhouse gases. 
  • Other resources about the greenhouse effect include Meet the Greenhouse Gases and Water Bottle Greenhouse.
Scientist Notes

The greenhouse effect is explained in this resource. There is no contradiction except with the word "greenhouse effect gas." It is either a greenhouse gas or not. Above all, this resource is recommended to enable students to understand the concept of the greenhouse effect.

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    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
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