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Clay Model Earth

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What a great way to incorporate hands-on learning while teaching about the earth's layers. The class observes an overhead transparency (linked in Included Materials) as they create their own model Earth using different colors of clay. They complete a worksheet and utilize a reference sheet. Final products reflect the earth's crust, mantle, molten outer core, and solid inner core (a marble). 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Consider handing out marbles and clay, displaying the overhead transparency, "Earth's Layers" and having students guess what they will be doing as an anticipatory set
Classroom Considerations
  • Decide what learners should do with their finished models so they don't become a distraction after the activity
Pros
  • Overhead transparencies are clear and helpful, and can be shown on an LCD or Interactive whiteboard
Cons
  • None