Our planet is an amazing place and so much fun to teach! I hope your students will love the activities planned in this unit as much as mine did. Each activity has been tested out by excited third graders.
This unit explores the three layers of the earth by a quick demonstration and by reading a related article. Then students sort characteristics of each layer (free to download at the end of the post). 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 where students are detectives on the hunt for Shifty Crust and the destruction he has caused!
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.
For free, I’ll give you this sheet here (Click on the picture to download).
**Would you like to see more earthquake materials from this unit that is more hands-on? Go to this post here.