Lesson Plans and Worksheets
Browse by Subject
Layers of the Earth Teacher Resources
Find Layers of the Earth educational ideas and activities
Students depict the various layers of the Earth through an interactive art project. In this Earth's layers lesson plan, students listen to the book How to Dig a Hole to the other Side of the World and make speculations of why the center of the earth is made up of iron and nickel. Students use colored sand to create an art project showing the various layers of Earth.
Fourth graders observe the effects of an earthquakes as it occurs. They study the structure of the Earth as it relates to the theory of plate tectonics. Students survey such events as mountain building, volcanoes, earthquakes, and sea-floor spreading at various plate boundaries. They identify areas where volcanic activity is likely to occur.
After diagramming the layers of the atmosphere and compare them your learners develop questions about the weather. Your class explore what makes up the air, research websites, and create a model to show 'Atmospheric Absorption.' Students complete two experiments and a crossword puzzle.
Inhale. Exhale. Breathe easy with this richly-designed lesson plan on the source of our oxygen! Children may be surprised to find out that plankton produce the bulk of the vital gas. They participate in an activity where they record the number of breaths that they take in 30 seconds and then compute how many taken in larger time spans. They then calculate how much of those breaths are provided by the plankton. The lesson closes with a creative activity in which individuals design a t-shirt or bumper sticker that encourages the public to take care of the oceans. This is a pertinent lesson for early environmentalists or during a natural resources unit.
Sixth graders identify and describe the composition and physical properties of the layers of the Earth. They also explain how scientists used the scientific process to know about the center of the Earth. Finally, 6th graders read a topographic map and a geologic map for evidence provided on the maps and construct and interpret a simple scale map.
How many rainforests are there, where are they, and do global factors effect their locations? These are great questions that have great answers. Children in grades four through eight use several different maps to determine why rainforests occur where they do and what environmental factors cause them to grow. They examine biodiversity, soil, temperature, and precipitation maps to draw conclusions about rainforest ecosystems, then they mark all of the world's rainforests on a blank map. The lesson will lend itself well to a deep discussion on the environment, biodiversity, and habitat. Tip: This is a great research topic!
Students identify and complete activities about the structure of the Earth. In this Earth structure lesson, students view a Powerpoint about the Earth's layers and complete a diagram. students compare temperatures in the Earth's layers to the sun. Students build a scaled model of the Earth layers and complete a convection model experiment.
The tectonic processes that have resulted in the formation of the Marianas Arc, and the Marianas Trench are explored. Groups of pupils access websites that give them a wealth of information about these formations. Each group must prepare a three-dimensional relief map of the Marianas Arc, or a model of a volcano found in the Marianas Islands. This impressive plan should lead to a much greater understanding of the earth's tectonic processes.
Seventh graders complete activities to study plate tectonics and Earth's layers. In this plate tectonics lesson, 7th graders watch a PowerPoint of round objects and complete an Earth layer experiment using an egg. Students watch a PowerPoint about three layers of the Earth. Students create hand gestures for the layers of the Earth and draw icons of the gestures.