Structure of the Earth Teacher Resources
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Students identify and complete activities about the structure of the Earth. For 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.
Students investigate the current model for the structure of the Earth. On a world map, they mark areas where they think earthquakes and volcanoes occur and compare those areas with earthquake and volcano location patterns.
Eighth graders examine the forces that are constantly acting on the Earth. They describe the theory of tectonic plates and demonstrate the two kinds of earthquake waves. They also examine the role of volcanoes in the structure of the Earth.
Transform your class into young geologists as they learn about six different branches of geology. Using the included geology career descriptions and picture cards, learners work in small groups deciding which tools and locations fit their assigned geology specialist. They then write short narratives describing their jobs to demonstrate what they have learned. Some of the included tools may be unfamiliar, so be sure to explain their uses prior to small group discussions.
High schoolers explore plate tectonics, the "Big Bang" theory and Earth's history through geological evidence. For this understanding Earth's history lesson plan, students complete a 20 question worksheet on the history of Earth including a time line of Earth's major events.
Students explore the theory of Plate Tectonics. They participate in a simulation in which they re-enact the debate over Plate Tectonics vs. traditional beliefs of stationary continents that were widely accepted during the 1800's and early 1900's.
Students examine how rocks form and the movement of rocks that form landforms. In this investigative lesson students complete several activities and take a test.
Ninth graders identify, explain, and diagram information related to the theory of plate tectonics in this interactive, technology-based Earth Science lesson for 9th grade. Emphasis is placed on in-class discussions and problem solving techniques.
Young scholars introduced to the interior structure of the Earth. They explore how the Earth's interior is broken down according to both it's physical properties and it's chemical composition. Students explore how convection currents within the Earth's mantel drive plate tectonics.
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.
An entire unit's worksheets are included here in this earth science packet, with multiple learning styles addressed! Although the text isn't included, 6 reading guides are outlined with reading requirements indicated. Learners complete a model of earth's layers and take notes using fill-in-the-blank guides. They watch a documentary and answer 10 comprehension questions (this may be tough if they have to watch and do this at the same time), and complete a tectonic mapping lab.
Students study the basics of heating and cooling and how it pertains to the earth. In this global lesson students read the Magic Tree House book then create a chart of their findings.
Students interpret and analyze a graph concerning temperature and the structure of the Earth's atmosphere. They analyze relationships between altitude, atmospheric temperature, and the different layers of the atmosphere.
Students explore earthquakes. For this natural disaster and engineer career education lesson, students identify features of the earth's surface that increase the likelihood of an earthquake. Students use visual aids to locate the earth's layers and identify tectonic plates. Students define vocabulary and explain earthquake cause and effect relationships following an engineer's presentation of his role in designing materials that withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes.
Students examine the constant changing of the Earth's atmosphere. After labeling the layers of the Earth, they identify various processes inside the Earth that can cause gases to be emitted. Using the internet, they research how the burning of the oil fields in Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War added to the amount of pollution and effects on the atmosphere.
Eighth graders discuss the earthquake in Haiti and gain more perspective on the tragedy. In this earthquake lesson students explain earthquakes and plate tectonics.
Students watch a slideshow and review various pictures, footage and maps that illustrate earthquakes and their effects. They use candy bars to demonstrate stresses and types of faults in the Earth's crust and plot information on maps.
Seventh graders study the cause of climate change, and how clouds form and affect weather. They define condensation and precipitation, the greenhouse effect and the water cycle.
Eighth graders describe and identify the three layers of the Earth. They work together to construct their own earth model. They share their creation with the class.