Lesson Four: The Earth, Layers of Earth

This Lesson Four: The Earth, Layers of Earth activity & project also includes:

Get your hands dirty with a set of earth science activities! Class members delve into a hard-boiled egg to find the similarities to the earth's layers, create a papier-mâché model of the earth, craft a simulation of the earth's atmosphere, and experiment with paper tectonic plates.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Create four stations for groups to move through, with each group focusing on one of the concepts and activities (atmosphere, Earth model, hard-boiled egg, tectonic plates)
  • Incorporate into the beginning of an earth science class or unit
  • Connect to an art class for the earth model project
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires the use of hard-boiled eggs and a sharp knife, so be aware of any egg allergies in the class, and be sure that only adults use the knife
  • Resource notes the duration as one class period, but completing all four activities may take longer
  • Materials list includes a variety of household items; have parents donate as many supplies as possible
  • The fourth lesson in a collection of six
Pros

  • Hands-on activities are engaging for even the most reluctant pupils
  • Provides step-by-step instructions
Cons

  • None