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 50 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, Volcanoes, 4 Types of Mountains
Once you pay for this packet, you will immediately receive a link to download this file (which will open in a browser window). You will also receive an email from Sendowl (the service I use), which will have a link you can click on to download the Earth Science unit. (It will say, “You can download your digital products…” with a clickable link.) Of course, if you have any issues just email me at — liesl at homeschoolden dot com. You can also reach me by using the contact form on the blog or can reach me over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page.
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, 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: