Lesson Plan

Layers of the Earth

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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 findings to diagram the layers of the Earth.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss another common model for the Earth—an egg, because the crust/shell is so thin compared to the other layers
Classroom Considerations
  • Be aware of any allergies when selecting which candy bars to open
  • Relies on prior knowledge of models, creating graphs, and Earth's interior
  • Includes supplementary resources, including online interactives
  • Follows 5E format
  • Offers multiple evaluation methods
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