Featured in PASCO’s Elementary School Science Teacher Guide

Elementary School Science Teacher Guide


Features 29 inquiry based labs designed for elementary students and coordinated with the standards for life, earth and physical sciences.

How Greenhouse Works - Heat

Lab Summary

Use a temperature sensor to measure the heat generated in a model greenhouse by altering the types of material that light passes through.


To understand this content, students:

  • Investigate the temperature changes in a closed greenhouse.
  • Compare the effects of a change in the transparency of the covering materials in the temperature of the air.
  • Compare the effects of a change in the heat delivery mechanism to the greenhouse.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Temperature/Sound Level/Light Sensor


Allows students to conduct all three measurements simultaneously and continuously. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

Materials Used:

Greenhouse models from the "How a Greenhouse Works: Light" activity
Light source such as a swivel desk lamp or reflector lamp with a 60-watt incandescent bulb
Electric heating pad 
Metric ruler or meter stick 
Adhesive tape ~ 30 cm
Clear plastic wrap, 30-cm (12 in.) - 1 piece
Wax paper, 30-cm (12 in.) - 1 piece

The Associated Bundle:

Elementary School Science Standard Sensor Bundle


This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 25 lab activities in the Elementary School Introductory Science Experiments.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.