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