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Ch 22.1 Earth's Structure

Ch 22.1 Earth's Structure

Author: deirdre carney
  • Describe the science of geology
  • Describe the main layers of Earth's interior

Nevada Science Standards

E.8.C.3 Students know Earth is composed of a crust (both continental and oceanic); hot convecting mantle; and dense, a metallic core. E/S

E.12.C.1 Students know how successive rock strata and fossils can be used to confirm the age, history, and changing life forms of the Earth, including how this evidence is affected by the folding, breaking, and uplifting of layers. E/S 

Next Generation Science Standards

HS-ESS1-6. Apply scientific reasoning and evidence from ancient Earth materials, meteorites, and other planetary surfaces to construct an account of Earth’s formation and early history. ​

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Video Clip: Why Earth Science

An introductory overview of Earth Science and the types of science studied.

Chapter 22.1 Earth's Structure

Read Chapter 22.1 pg 660-663. Outline the reading in your Science Notebook & include major points and diagrams/tables.
You should focus on the following essential questions:
- What is the science of geology
- What are the characteristics of Earth's main layers


Source: prentice hall Physical Science - Concepts in Action

Virtual Field Trip - Journey to the Center of the Earth

Follow the instructions to guide you on a Virtual Field Trip. Complete the handout and a "Site Souvenir".


Earth's Structure Powerpoint

Video Clip: Layers of the Earth: Compositional Zones

Watch the video and take notes in your science notebook. Be sure to think about the following questions:
- Why are theses layers called "compositional" layers
- What determines the order of these layers' formation

FUll Video: Down to the Earth's Core (Optional)

Save blasting off to outer space. It's time to rocket down. Using computer imagery, travel from just below the earth's crust, with its earthquakes and volcanoes, through breathtaking caverns filled with giant crystals and into giant molten metal tornadoes before reaching the earth's core.

Source: National Geographic Channel

Video Clip: Layers of the Earth: Structural Zones

Watch the video and take notes in your science notebook. Be sure to think about the following questions:
- Why are these layers called "structural" layers
- Compare and contrast to "compositional" layers