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Science 4 Inquiry

Layers of the Earth

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
We can't dig a hole through the Earth, so how do we know about the layers beneath our feet? Scholars learn about layering through hands-on exploration of common materials. They study the characteristics of each layer and apply their...
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NOAA

Plate Tectonics Interactive

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Here is a plate tectonics interactive that will really move your class! The first of a 13-part series introduces young geologists to the fundamental concepts and vocabulary they need to understand the interactions between crustal plates....
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Activity
American Museum of Natural History

Edible Earth

For Students 6th - 12th
Create an edible model of the Earth using crispy rice cereal, marshmallows, and chocolate, yum! Model layers include the outer core, inner core, mantle, and crust. 
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American Museum of Natural History

What is Earth?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Humans have only inhabited Earth for a short part of its existence. An online resource explains how scientists use clues from rocks and fossils to piece together information about Earth prior to humans. The online instruction includes...
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Interactive
Royal Society of Chemistry

Structure of the Earth

For Students 6th - 9th
What lies beyond the ground beneath our feet? Young geologists learn the four main layers of Earth with an engaging puzzle set. The interactive illustrates each layer, and users must place them correctly before they can progress to the...
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Geographer Online

Restless Earth

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
In less than 25 years, the continent of Australia moved 4.9 feet thanks to plate tectonics. The presentation introduces the idea of the layers of the earth as well as plate tectonics. It goes into why the plates move and where we believe...
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University of Alaska

Clay Model Earth

For Teachers 4th - 7th
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....
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NOAA

Wooly Magma

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Model the earth's core with a neat activity that uses science as an inquiry and step-by-step procedures. The activity acquires a lot of assistance from the teacher or volunteer helpers. 
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Scholastic

Final Project: The Earth, Inside Earth

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Follow in Jules Verne's footsteps and take a journey to the center of the earth! Middle schoolers work together to design a trip inside the earth using their knowledge from the previous lessons in the unit.
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Scholastic

Lesson One: The Earth, Background and Glossary

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How much do you really know about our planet? Middle schoolers build up their prior knowledge about Earth, its placement in the solar system, its composition, and important geological vocabulary with an introductory earth science lesson.
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PPT
Mr. E. Science

Plate Tectonics

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Get a detailed look at plate tectonics with a 14-slide presentation that highlights the Earth's layers, continental drift, seafloor spreading, the theory of plate tectonics, and boundary types. Each slide provides thorough explanations,...
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Curated OER

Earthquakes: Second Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 2nd Standards
What causes earthquakes? Second graders learn about stresses from plate movement with a set of hands-on activities. After tracing fault lines on a map with yarn, class members create a paper plate model of Earth to show its layers and...
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Curated OER

Plate Tectonics: Fourth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 4th Standards
The pre-lab portion of the lesson introduces emerging geologists to the various layers that make up Earth. After completing a sheet on the identification of the layers, class members simulate plate boundaries and their...
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Curated OER

Plate Tectonics: Fifth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders continue their investigation of the plate tectonics cycle with an exploration of the movement of Earth's crust. During the lab, young geologists conduct an experiment to discover the result of different types of stress...
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Curated OER

Earthquakes: Sixth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 6th Standards
Young seismologists learn more about plate tectonics with a set of pre-lab, lab, and post-lab lessons plans on earthquakes. After exploring how waves travel through various materials, sixth graders record their observations and draw...
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NOAA

Plate Tectonics I

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Young geologists get a glimpse beneath the earth's surface in this plate tectonics investigation. After first learning about the different layers of the earth and the constant movement of its plates, young geologists work in small groups...
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Curated OER

The Geology of a Snicker’s Bar: Tectonic Plates

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore the layers of the Earth using a Snicker's bar. In this science lesson, students identify the parts of the Snicker's bar and identify which layer of the Earth the parts of the candy bar would represent. Students discuss...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

The Earth's Layers Foldable

For Students 6th - 9th
In this earth's layers worksheet, students build a model of the earth's layers with colored paper including the crust, the mantle, the inner core and the outer core.
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Earth's Layers Foldable Questions Sheet

For Students 7th - 10th
In this earth's layers learning exercise, students answer questions about the main layers of the earth using the model they built in the activity. They write details about each layer and answer questions.
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Curated OER

Edible Four-Layer Earth

For Teachers 1st - 6th
This lesson is designed to come after students have studied about the four main layers of the earth. They may relate the size of the sections to known objects such as the mantle to the size of a grapefruit and the outer core to the size...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Label the Earth Diagram

For Students 6th - 9th
For this earth's layer worksheet, students label a diagram of the earth's layers. They are given 4 terms and their definitions to read and students determine which layer is which on the diagram based on the definitions.
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Curated OER

Eight Basic Elements of the Earth

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students identify the concept of an element and work with an idea that all of the millions of substances on the earth are various combinations of only 8 elements. They work with the Periodic Table of the Elements and symbols of the...