Earth Science Packet: Layers of the Earth, Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, 4 Types of Mountains and More!

This 100+ page Earth Science Packet includes worksheets about the solar system, the layers of the Earth, plate tectonics, the ring of fire, earthquake activity and volcanoes. I also included instructions for more than a dozen hands-on activities we did with this unit. This includes activities about plate tectonics, using a compass, earthquakes, volcanoes,  instructions on how to make a shake table and more!


My kids were in Grades 1, 4, and 6 when we did this unit the first time. They were in Grades 4, 7 and 9 when we covered it again (and added to the packet).

Earth Science Worksheets

Some of the topics we covered:

  • the solar system
  • layers of the Earth, Earth’s axis
  • compass directions, compass rose, how to use a compass
  • Earth’s geologic timeline
  • equator, latitude, longitude  — Using a globe to determine latitude and longitude
  • Pangaea and continental drift
  • understanding convection currents
  • tectonic plates
  • 4 types of mountains
  • 3 types of faults
  • earthquakes and faults
  • volcanoes – volcanic terms, types of volcanoes
  • earthquakes and building construction, earthquake shake table

In all, this packet is more than 50 pages (and includes the suggested answers). In addition to detailed instructions with pictures for all of our hands-on activities, this packet includes the following Earth Science Worksheets:

Solar System Worksheet, Layers of the Earth Worksheet, Earth’s Axis

Plus they did hands-on activities about the solar system and the layers of the Earth.

Earth Science Worksheets

We did the mnemonics for the planets (both in order from the sun and for the size) and filled out the notebook page. (There are two options, a notebook page or an interactive notebook/lapbook page.)

Planets of the Solar System - Worksheets - Interactive Notebook Page

Layers of the Earth

My kids loved doing the hands-on activity for this! 🙂 There are instructions in the packet. In this section on the Layers of the Earth, there is an interactive notebook activity.

Layers of the Earth interactive notebook page- Earth Science UnitKids will create their own flap-book notebook page. There is an option for color or for black & white.  On the bottom part of that page, there is information about the compositional layers (crust, mantle, core) and the five physical layers (lithosphere, asthenosphere, mesosphere, etc.).  If your kids are older, there is a plain notebook page (without making the flap book).

Layers of the Earth interactive notebook pageGeography Terms: Equator, Latitude, Longitude Worksheets: (and they learned to find the latitude and longitude of various cities)


DSC01998latitude-longitude3 types of plates, Plate Movement Worksheets, Types of Plate Boundaries:

They did several hands-on activities about plate movement and convection currents.

Plate Tectonics PuzzlePlate-Boundaries-PangaeaPlateTectonicWoksheets-NotebookPages

Plate Boundaries divergent convergent transform boundary Hands-on activity learning about convection currents:

Earth Science Heat RisesEarthquake Activities: Earthquake vibrations, Earthquake Body Waves and Surface Waves, How to make an earthquake shake table

Earth Science - Earthquake VibrationsTypes of Volcanoes Pages:

Types of Volcanoes Worksheets and Interactive Notebook Pages

There is a cut-and-paste activity, where students learn about the different types of volcanoes: composite volcanoes, cinder cone volcanoes, shield volcanoes and fissure volcanoes.  Students cut out the description of each volcano and paste it onto the notebook page. (Older students can just write that information in!)

There is also a new flap-book activity on the types of volcanoes.  Students color in the outside and inside of the types of volcanoes and glue the outside of the volcano on top of the inside notebook page:

Types of Volcano Interactive Notebook Activity

4 Types of Mountains Worksheets, 4 types of Volcanoes Worksheets, Parts of a Volcano Worksheet:

They did several activities about mountain making and volcanoes.


Parts of a volcano worksheetVolcano Worksheets Notebook Pages

Volcano Worksheets-Notebook Pages- Volcanic HazardsVolcano-Lapbook-Interactive-Notebook-Pieces

In all, we did over 15 different hands-on activities in this unit. Instructions and photos are included in the packet! 🙂

This packet is now over 100 pages with all of the updates and added materials! (I just haven’t gotten around to updating the screen shot below!!)

The Earth Science Packet is $7.99.

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If you have any questions or problems just email me at — liesl at homeschoolden dot com.  You can also reach me by using the contact form! ~Liesl

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Rock and Minerals Worksheets – Worksheets plus our hands on activities on the three types of rocks


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26 Responses

  1. JoDee says:

    Thank you!!!

  2. Soozoo says:

    Lovely surprise — thanks!

  3. Rhoda says:

    I don’t use any of the social medias. Is this still available for those of us who don’t use those things?

  4. Janine says:

    Thank you for your wonderful printables!

  5. courtney says:

    Hi – I downloaded and I am trying to save it. It wont let me “duplicate” to save it. It says that I need a password (from you). Im on a Mac. Help. Thank yo u

    • homeschooldenadmin says:

      Hi Courtney,
      Once you have downloaded the file, it should be on your computer. You won’t be able to use the “SAVE AS” option. Instead you need to go to your download folder and COPY the file and place it in the folder location of your choice. 🙂
      Hopefully, this makes sense. Let me know if you have any trouble. 🙂 ~Liesl

  6. Marzia says:

    Hi, we’re from Italy. We’ve just downloaded your earth science packet: thank you so much. We’re trying to organize co-op classes (in Italy we don’t have any) and we could use it for a science lesson in English 😉
    If I may, we’d like to link to this page on our blog.

  7. Amy L says:

    Thank YOU so much!! I have lots of books but making these sorts of things is just beyond me and I am so appreciative I have pinned and shared and I’ll be back for more!

    • homeschooldenadmin says:

      I’m so glad you found it helpful. We really enjoy homeschooling… and I just love pulling our units together so I love hearing it’s helpful to someone else too! ~Liesl

  8. Sara says:

    Thank you so much for this pack,we are just starting a project on space 🙂

  9. Athena says:

    This may be a “stupid” question but for what grades is this appropriate?

    • homeschooldenadmin says:

      Hi–My kids were 6, 9 and 11 when we did this unit this fall… But to be honest, a lot of the material I covered was from middle school textbooks… The activities are “fun” so they could be done with any age (in fact, we did some of these when my younger ones were in PreK early elementary). Of course, older kids will “get” more out of this. And, I guess it depends too on what books you add in. We borrowed “easy” books for my 1st grader and my older two read more advanced books from the library (plus, we used the middle school science text we have). The National Geographics (type) documentaries really added a LOT to the unit. My first grader actually enjoyed those too, but I suspect that’s because she has two older siblings and has *always* been part of our homeschool so it feels natural for her to watch more “advanced” videos. I have a harder time seeing some of her friends be patient enough to watch those. Each child is so different. Hope that helps and wasn’t too round-about of an answer!! ~Liesl

  10. Kimberly M says:

    Hey Liesl! I can’t believe this is the first time I have visited your blog! Luciano will love this.

  11. Soaring Butterfly says:

    Thank you for this. My grade 1 homeschooler loves, LOVES anything earthquake, volcano, rocks etc. We actually just did a project day with another homeschool family last week where we built a volcano and also did a simulated earthquake with jello and marshmallow houses. So much fun. Downloaded this and shared for others.

  12. Denise Powell says:

    Thank you very much…

  13. Tina says:

    Thank you so much for providing such a fun and informative packet! Many thanks for the free Earth Science packet, it looks like you put a lot of work and creativity into your packets! We are enjoying the Earth Science lesson very much!

  14. Melissa says:

    Thanks so much for making and offering this packet. I’m looking forward to trying it out and it looks like you have a lot of other awesome subjects available. I’m glad I found your site : )

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