We are embarking on a study of Earth’s weather, wind and water this spring. To get started we needed to review some of the basics of Earth Science. We’ll start with a review of Earth’s four systems: the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere.
We reviewed a few things we’ve already studied about Earth’s system and then are going into depth about the Earth’s atmosphere. We’ll spend quite a bit of time on the layers of the atmosphere.
We will be covering all the layers of the atmosphere (the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere and exosphere). And we’ll be doing a number of hands-on activities about air and air pressure (more about those in coming posts!)
It took us a few days to go through the first pages of the packet. Then after we talked about the four layers of the atmosphere, we watched the BBC Program: Power of the Planet, Atmosphere
Below is a screen shot of the packet of materials for the kids. I included some of the general notes and activity ideas I am using with the kids. The packet is 19 pages. I included a couple of the pages in different formats so you could use them as needed in your homeschool or classroom. As always, it is free to download.
Remember that if you are a teacher using your school’s email, you will probably have to use your private google account to access this file. Most school email systems won’t allow access to google docs and won’t let me add you to the “share” settings. You can also email me to request the file and I’ll do my best to get it to you. ~Liesl
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Visit our other Weather Unit Posts
- Weather Unit: Intro Notebook Pages: What is meteorology? What tools do scientists use to study the weather?
- Free Cloud Worksheets
100+ page Earth Science packet (New materials has been added recently!):
- Learn how to make a earthquake shake table, hands-on activities to learn about tectonic plate movement, more than a dozen hands-on activities
- Topics include: Solar System, Layers of the Earth, Earth’s Axis and the Seasons, Latitude and Longitude, Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, 4 Types of Mountains
This packet contains all of our hands-on earth science activity ideas as well!
Simple Machines Packet - This packet include our hands on activities on levers, wedges and more.
Digestive System Unit – This packet includes hands on activities about digestion, the length of the digestive tract and more
Rock and Minerals Worksheets - Worksheets plus our hands on activities on the three types of rocks
We talked a lot about the abiotic factors that make up an ecosystem (anything that is not living — climate, soil, weather, etc.), as well as touching on dominant plants and animals. We spent time on feeding relationships and biological interactions. So, we went over the basic terms like herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, detritivores. And, we also talked a lot about the more complex biological interactions — from mutualism,when two species interact and both get something positive out of the interaction, to various forms of amensalism – when one organism benefits and the other is harmed and/or destroyed like parasitism, competition and antibiosis. We talked about the food chain and food webs as well as the difference between habitats, ecosystems, and biomes.
After our Biology/Biosphere Unit, we went on to study the hydrosphere — ie. the ocean. Find out more about our ocean unit here:
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