Students will model and describe the layers of the Earth, including the crust, lithosphere, asthenosphere, mantle, outer core, and inner core through several hands-on activities.
Whole class and groups of 3-4 students
1.1, 1.3, 2.3, 3.1, 3.3, 3.6, 3.7, 7.4
|Lesson Components||Time||Inquiry Skills||Tech. Used||Engage Level||Brief Description|
|Engage||10 min||1.1, 1.3, 2.3, 3.1, 3.3, 3.6, 3.7||None||2||Students will cut open a fun size Milky Way candy bar and make observations about the inside, and answer questions that relate the Milky Way to the Earth’s Interior Layers.|
|Explore||25 min||none||3||Students will look at 4 different baggies, each filled with different substances. These substances will lead the students to describing and figuring out which layer is which.|
|Explain||15 min||none||2||Students will use a resource to answer and fill out a chart that explains more characteristics of each layer.|
|Expand||20 min||none||2||Students will use all of their knowledge to figure out a diagram of Earth.|
|Evaluate||10 min||7.4||none||1||Exit slip will check for student understanding.|
|1||Low||Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction|
|2||Medium||Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance|
|3||High||Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered|
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