Since I am sharing many of our Earth Science activities this fall, I thought I’d mention this packet I made for the kids last year when we talked about the Weather and Water.
This packet introduced kids to some of the basics about Earth’s atmosphere. We started with a review of Earth’s four systems: the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere and then spent quite a bit of time talking about the different layers of the atmosphere (the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere and exosphere).
We did a number of hands-on activities about air and air pressure. See this post: Weather Unit: Experiments about Air
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
and the kids all put together their own layers of the atmosphere (which is in the packet):
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. It is free to download:
Visit our other Weather Unit Posts
- Weather: Experiments About Air
- Free introductory worksheet on the 4 major Earth Systems: Geosphere (ie. Earth Science), Biosphere, Atmosphere, Hydrosphere (ie. oceans/waters)
Be sure to check out our 100+ page Earth Science packet (see this post for more details or purchase below):
- 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, Earthquake Waves, Volcanoes, 4 Types of Mountains and more!!
The Earth Science Packet is $7.99.
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This packet contains all of our hands-on earth science activity ideas as well!
You may be interested in some of our other packets:
Biology Unit on the Biosphere – Biomes, Ecosystems, Habitats, Food Chains, the Energy Pyramid, Feeding Relationships, Biological Interactions (symbiosis, mutualism, amensalism, etc.)
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
After our Biology/Biosphere Unit, we went on to study the hydrosphere — ie. the ocean. Find out more about our ocean unit here:
You might also be interested in these general science posts: