Our planet is an amazing place and so much fun to teach! I hope your students will love the activities planned in this Earth science unit as much as mine did. Each activity has been tested out by excited third graders.
This unit begins by exploring the three layers of the earth by a quick demonstration and by reading a related article. Then students sort characteristics of each layer. There is even an activity that gets students up and moving around!
Then students begin exploring earthquakes through a series of experiments, including my “Catch Shifty Crust” station rotations activity where students are detectives on the hunt for Shifty Crust and the destruction he has caused!
Students will also be exploding over volcanoes as they explore the causes and effects of volcanoes. I have also put causation cards in for a fun, high energy activity. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without students creating their own volcano!
This unit is also packed full of experiments and demonstrations for students to fully understand team weathering and erosion– the slow earth changing team!
In addition to all the experiments and demonstrations, you will find practice pages, journal prompts, review sheets, and vocabulary strengtheners to help your students understand all the destructive and constructive processes that changes the earth both rapidly and slowly.
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I graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors in Science degree and an elementary education certificate. I am certified to teach K-8 Self-Contained and Middle School Science. I have taught ever since graduation,with most of my experience in 5th grade. I'm currently completing my Masters program in Differentiation. I utilize a lot of differentiated strategies along with the workshop model in reading, writing, math, and sometimes science. I love more hands-on activities that are related to real life for students to explore. I'm not a huge fan of worksheets, but do use them occasionally.