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Layers of the Earth

Layers of the Earth

Author: Sonia Andrade

Learning Objective: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to describe each layer of the earth;

crust, mantle, outer core, inner core and explain the differences between the four.

Sixth Grade

A. Science Content Area Standard:

6. 1b Students will know the Earth is composed of several layers: a

cold, brittle lithosphere; a hot, convecting mantle; and a dense, metallic core.

B. Next Generation Science Standard:

RST.6-8.9 Compare and contrast the information gained from

experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same

topic. MS-ESS3-3.

C. Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and

connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning

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1. Review material on Layers of the Earth and Earth's Structure.

2. Watch "Inside the Earth" for auditory learners.

3.  Watch "Layers of the Earth" YouTube video to incorporate a song for students.

4. View images of step-by-step instructions (for visual learners) on how to create Earth out of Play-Doh for hands on activity.

5. For homework, answer the short answer question provided by the teacher.

Review Material

Review: Layers of the Earth article. (here)

Review: Earth's Structure article. (here)


More Information

Inside the Earth


Layers of the Earth

Creating Earth out of Play-Doh

Step by Step Instructions (here)


Take home short answer question.