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NASA Climate Kids


K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus




Meet the Greenhouse Gases!

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  • These colorful and fun greenhouse gas cards help students learn about water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, nitrous oxide, and chlorofluorocarbons.
  • Each card explains how the gas forms, how it traps heat, and how it contributes to climate change.
Teaching Tips


  • These engaging and interactive cards use characters to explain greenhouse gases.
  • The cards can be downloaded for future reference or printed for activities.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know that human activity negatively impacts the Earth.


  • Teachers could put students in groups of six and give each student in the group one of the greenhouse gas cards. Students could take turns asking each other questions to determine which greenhouse gas card each student has (e.g., "do you occur naturally?" "are you a part of the water cycle?"). 
  • Students could design climate change solution cards with heroes that can fight problems caused by climate change.
Scientist Notes

This resource simplifies the greenhouse effect. Students can explore to gain knowledge on the various greenhouse gases that influence the energy budget in the earth-ocean-atmospheric system. The resource is recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe
      • 2-ESS1-1 Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.K-2 Identify and explain a range of local, regional, and global problems, and some ways in which people are trying to address these problems.
      • D4.7.K-2 Identify ways to take action to help address local, regional, and global problems.
      • D4.7.3-5 Explain different strategies and approaches students and others could take in working alone and together to address local, regional, and global problems, and predict possible results of their actions.
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