The Earth's Layers

The Earth's Layers

Author: vongunten riana

Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Structure

1. Plate tectonics accounts for important features of Earth’s surface and major geologic events. As a basis for understanding this concept: b. Students know Earth is composed of several layers: a cold, brittle lithosphere; a hot, convecting mantle; and a dense, metallic core.

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1. View the resources

2. View the rap video about layers on youtube

3. Answer the quiz questions

4. Write a written response


View an interactive model of the Earth's layers here

View more in depth about the Earth's layers here

Find out how we know about the Earth's core here

This is a rap video of the Earth's layers

Written Response

How do scientist know that there is more than one layer on Earth? Why is it important for scientist to keep exploring what they do not know about how our Earth is made up? What are some discoveries they have found since exploring the Earths layers?


Bitetto96. "Layers of the Earth Rap ( Unofficial Music Video)." YouTube. YouTube, 2011. Web. 01 Apr. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOd7PRJMkkQ>;.

"EARTH'S LAYERS." Earth. Web. 01 Apr. 2016. <http://tampabayliteningdiv1.weebly.com/earths-layers.html>;.

"Earth's Structure." Interactives. Dynamic Earth. Web. 01 Apr. 2016. <https://www.learner.org/interactives/dynamicearth/structure.html>;.

"How We Know about the Earth's Core." Khan Academy. Web. 01 Apr. 2016. <https://www.khanacademy.org/science/cosmology-and-astronomy/earth-history-topic/plate-techtonics/v/how-we-know-about-the-earth-s-core>;.

"The Earth's Inside." The Earth's Inside. Web. 01 Apr. 2016. <http://www.colorado.edu/physics/phys2900/homepages/Marianne.Hogan/inside.html>;.