Lesson 10 - 12

Making a difference - Greenhouse challenge (Extension)

Lesson Overview

Making a difference - Greenhouse challenge (Extension)

Throughout this lesson series, students will demonstrate their understanding of light and light energy by building a greenhouse. Students will construct their model greenhouse and take measurements to obtain data about the absorption of light energy from the sun.

ACS Codes

ACSIS090 ACSIS091 ACSIS093 ACSIS218 ACSHE081 ACSIS231 ACSHE083 ACSSU078 ACSIS086 ACSSU080 ACSIS087

Lesson Objectives

Students will:

  • Review their understanding of light and light energy.
  • Understand the purpose and uses of greenhouses and how they harness heat and light energy.
  • Measure the difference between the heat produce inside and outside a greenhouse they make.
  • Evaluate their greenhouse and suggest improvements.

Evidence of Learning

Can the student:

  • Explain what light and light energy are.
  • Draw a labelled diagram of their greenhouse using rays.
  • Make a greenhouse and measure the temperature inside and outside the bottle.
  • Evaluate how well their greenhouse worked and suggest improvements they could make to their design.

Example Learning Sequence

  • Review what they have learnt about light and light energy.
  • Investigate greenhouses and look at how they harness light and heat energy from the sun to help plants grow.
  • Make a greenhouse and take measurements.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of their greenhouse and suggest improvements.