When introducing the structure of the Earth, a diagram is essential to helping students visually understand each part. In this activity, students will label a model of the Earth. Students should include a description of each part in addition to the label and arrow.
To scaffold this activity for students who need support, provide labels to add to the diagram. To stretch your more advanced students, have them compare the structure of Earth to the structure of another planet in our solar system, like Jupiter.
|Crust||The crust is a solid layer of rock on the surface of the planet. The thickness varies between 3 and 30 miles.|
|Mantle||The mantle is a semi-liquid layer of magma, or molten rock, that moves due to convection currents.|
|Outer Core||The outer core is the liquid part of the core which has a similar composition to the inner core.|
|Inner Core||The inner core is the solid part at the center of the Earth. It is made of iron and nickel and has temperatures reaching 5,500°C.|
Grade Level 6-12
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual
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Identify and describe the parts of the Earth in a storyboard.
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All the labels are correct.
Most of the labels are correct.
Some of the labels are correct.
All the functions are correct with no grammar or spelling mistakes.
Most of the functions are correct with some grammar and spelling mistakes.
Some of the functions are correct with many grammar and spelling mistakes.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.
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