This 150+ 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).
The link to purchase this Earth Science Unit is down below or in Our Store. Don’t forget to check out the Earth Science BUNDLE options as well!
- 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.
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.)
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.
Kids 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).
There is a second option – an interactive notebook activity about the Layers of the Earth:
Geography Terms: Equator, Latitude, Longitude Worksheets: (and they learned to find the latitude and longitude of various cities)
3 types of plates, Plate Movement Worksheets, Types of Plate Boundaries:
They did several hands-on activities about plate movement and convection currents.
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:
4 Types of Mountains Worksheets, 4 types of Volcanoes Worksheets, Parts of a Volcano Worksheet:
They did several activities about mountain making and volcanoes.
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 150 pages with all of the updates and added materials!
The Earth Science Packet is $9.99.
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There are several Earth Science BUNDLE Options
There are several Earth Science BUNDLE options which include the Earth Science Packet above.
We did several units that all relate to each other. For younger students, there is a Where I Live Activity packet (My galaxy, solar system, planet, continent, country, state, town, and home!). One year, we went on to talk about the Layers of the Atmosphere. We also talked about Earth’s magnetosphere (and did fun activities related to magnets). After we talked about the layers of the atmosphere we did a unit about clouds and weather… and learned about global and local winds, weather fronts, the jet stream, monsoons, el Niño or la Niña, and more. Note: These packets are also available separately in Our Store.
Purchase the Layers of the Atmosphere Packet ($6.99) and the Earth Science Packet ($9.99) together in a BUNDLE with the option below.
Click here to find out more about the Layers of the Atmosphere Packet. It is well over 50 pages and has lots of hands-on activity ideas, worksheets, interactive notebook pages and more.
Our Layers of the Atmosphere Packet introduces kids to some of the basics about Earth’s atmosphere. It starts with a review of Earth’s systems: the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere and spends time talking about the different layers of the atmosphere (the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere and exosphere).
It includes sorting cards and interactive notebook projects on objects & phenomena in the atmosphere. Students will learn about the Sun’s harmful rays — what they are (EM radiation) and how we are kept safe. Finally, this packet touches on satellites and the GPS system.
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Earth Science BUNDLE
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Earth Science BUNDLE 2
The Earth Science Packet and Layers of the Atmosphere Packet are also included in a second Earth Science Bundle that includes our fun “Where I Live” Activity Packet – My galaxy, solar system, planet, continent, country, state, town, and home! You can visit this “Where I Live” Activity Packet post for more details.
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Earth Science BUNDLE of 4
$24.99 Earth Science BUNDLE of 4 (Earth Science Unit, Layers of the Atmosphere Unit, Magnetism & the Magnetosphere, Weather Unit) – After we studied the Layers of the Atmosphere and the Magnetosphere, we did a big unit on the weather talking about where weather occurs, weather fronts, global and local winds, jet streams, monsoons, natural disasters etc.
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