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NASA Climate Kids


2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Activity

Regional Focus




Meet the Greenhouse Gases!


These colorful and fun greenhouse gas cards are helpful in teaching younger students. Students will: 

  • Read a simple explanation of greenhouse gases. 
  • Interact with digital cards that explain different gases and their sources. 
  • Download and print cards for future reference or to use in educational games.
Teaching Tips


  • Engaging and interactive cards and characters to explain greenhouse gases.
  • Option to download the cards for future reference or activities.

Additional Prerequisites

  • An understanding that human activity negatively impacts the Earth.


  • Groups of students could make sense of these cards together.
Scientist Notes

This resource simplifies the greenhouse effect. However, 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)
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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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