Earth’s Systems – Notebook Pages (Free)

These free notebook pages review Earth’s 4 major systems (or spheres) and familiarize students with the scientists who study them.

What are the major Earth Systems? the Atmosphere, Geosphere, Biosphere, Hydrosphere (and Cryosphere)

You’ll find the download link for these free pages below!Earth Systems Notbook Pages - Lapbook ActivityThe Earth works as a set of interconnected systems; these four major Earth Systems are often referred to as spheres and include the

  • atmosphere
  • geosphere
  • hydrosphere
    • cryosphere
  • biosphere

Scientists study the physical, chemical, and biological components of these environments. By subdividing Earth’s systems into subcategories scientists are more easily able to study and understand the planet’s natural cycles and processes.

This semester my youngest is doing a unit on oceans and oceanography – a study of Earth’s hydrosphere. I wanted to be sure she knew that this was one of four major systems that are all interconnected & interlinked.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is the layer of gases that surround the earth keeping the planet warm and providing oxygen for breathing and carbon dioxide for photosynthesis.  Scientists who study the atmosphere are called atmospheric scientists. Those who study the weather are called meteorologists. And those who study seasonal variations over months, years or centuries are called climatologists.

Geosphere: The geosphere includes the interior and surface of the Earth. Both of these are made up of rocks and minerals.  The scientists that study this sphere are called geologists.

Hydrosphere: This is the part of the Earth that is covered by water. Oceanography is the study of the physical chemical and biological features of the ocean. Scientists who study the oceans include oceanographers or marine biologists.

Cryosphere: This includes those portions of Earth’s surface where water is in solid form, including sea ice, lake ice, river ice, snow cover, glaciers, ice caps, ice sheets, and frozen ground.

Biosphere: This is the part of the Earth that can support living life.  The biosphere extends from underground (down about ten feet where plant roots, animals, insects, bacteria live) and underwater (as deep as the ocean trenches) to higher up in the atmosphere where life (plants and animals down to microbes) can exist. Within the biosphere, living things form ecological communities based on the physical surroundings of an area. These communities are referred to as biomes.   Scientists that study living organisms and living systems are called biologists. Those who study plants are called botanists. An ecologist is a scientist who studies the relationship of living things with their living and nonliving environment.

If you are doing units such as Earth Science, the Layers of the Earth, weather,  biology & Earth’s biomes, or on the oceans, you may also want to review Earth’s basic spheres.

These are included in both the Earth Science Packet and I’ll be adding the new activity to the Ocean Unit soon.  My youngest is doing a big ocean unit this fall and so we spent time going over these… and also going over the names of scientists who might study  these systems.

4 Earth Systems WorksheetsI made new notebook pages on Earth’s major systems to go over with my daughter, who is studying oceanography (ie. the hydrosphere) this fall. This the quick lapbook/interactive notebook activity I made for her.  She’ll add this to her science notebook.
Earth Systems Notebook Pages and Activity
These are free to download (though as I said above, I also include them in the beginning of the Earth Science Packet and the Ocean Unit). 🙂 ~Liesl

Click on the link or the picture below to download these free notebook pages.

FREE pdf : Earth’s Systems – Notebook Pages and Interactive Notebook Activity

Earth Systems Notbook Pages - Lapbook ActivityClick here to save this on Pinterest for later:

Earth's Systems - Atmosphere Geosphere Biosphere Hydrosphere Cryosphere - Free Notebook Pages

Here are more about our science packets and how we covered each sphere. See the Earth Science Pagefor more details!

Earth Science and Physical Science Units BUNDLE

Geosphere (Earth Science)

We have gone into a lot of depth about the Geosphere — ie. our Earth Science Unit where we talked about

  • Earth’s place in the Solar System
  • the Layers of the Earth
  • Geography Terms: Earth’s Axis and the Seasons; Latitude Longitude
  • Plate Movement Worksheets, Types of Plate Boundaries
  • Earthquakes (and we made our own earthquake shake table!)
  • 4 Types of Mountains Worksheets, 4 types of Volcanoes Worksheets, Parts of a Volcano Worksheet

Earth Science Unit Earth-Science-Packet 150 page - worksheets hands-on activities and more Earth Science Unit - Layers of the Earth Activities Types of Volcanoes Worksheets - Interactive Notebook PagesLayers of the Earth - Interactive Notebook ActivityVolcano WorksheetsVolcano-Lapbook-Interactive-Notebook-PiecesRocks and Minerals:

Rocks and Minerals Packet - worksheets activities and more Three Types of Rocks - igneous sedimentary metamorphic rock Worksheets - notebook pages The Three Types of Rocks - Activities and Worksheets Rocks and Minerals Matching Cards Rocks and Minerals Unit with Worksheets Notebook Pages Lapbook Booklet and more

Earth’s Atmosphere:

We also spent quite a bit of time studying the Layers of the Atmosphere and went on to do a weather unit.

Layers of the Atmosphere PacketLayers of the Atmosphere Packet - Worksheets Hands-On Activities Notebook PagesEarth's Atmosphere Packet 50+ pagesWeather Unit: Clouds, Winds & Weather

Last spring, we went over clouds, winds, fronts and more in our Weather Unit.

Clouds Winds Weather Worksheets - Packet

Weather Worksheets - Global winds, jet stream, high and low pressure systems

Natural Disasters Worksheets


When the kids were younger, we did a lot of mini-units on Animals. You can find out more about the Animal Unit, Rainforest Unit and other material we covered when they were in K-3rd grade or so here at the Big Animal Bundle page.

Animal-Unit-100-pages-worksheets-feathers-fur-scales-skin-vertebrates-invertebrates-insects-spidersVisit the Big Animal BUNDLE page for more details!

The Big Animal BUNDLE includes 8 packets.   1) Animal Unit, 2) World Animals Packet, 3) Rainforest Packet, 4) Life Cycles Packet, 5) Winter Packet – plus several mini units 6) the Cicadas Packet and 7) the Chameleon Packet. 8) the Wolves Mini-Unit.

These Animal Units can each be purchased individually as well.

Big Animal BUNDLE - with 8 pdfs

Biology Packet: When the kids were in upper elmentary and middle school, we did a unit on the different biomes and talked about the energy pyramid, food chain/food web, and different biologicial relationships (symbiosis, mutualism, etc.).

Biology Packet - Ecosystems Biomes Food Chains Food Web Trophic Levels PopulationsBiology Unit Ecology - Biomes-Ecosystem-Habitats- relationships between living organisms and their physical environmentFood Chain Food Web Food Pyramid Activties - Interactive Notebook Pagessymbiosis commensalism mutualism worksheets and activitiesVisit the Biology BUNDLE Page for lots more details!

Biology BUNDLE - Biology Unit Cell Unit Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Unit Botany Unit Pathogens Unit Ocean Unit


Ocean Unit: There is so much to learn about Earth’s oceans – everything from marine habitats and water form words, to the features of the ocean floor, ocean life, bioluminescence and more! We covered this unit when my kids were in Middle School and supplemented with the wonderful documentary, Blue Planet – and now Blue Planet 2 (with my youngest who is doing this unit this fall).

Ocean-Unit-100 Pages Marine-Habitats-Ocean-Currents-Tides-Bioluminescence


Corals and Coral Reefs Worksheets - Notebook Pages and Lapbook ActivityTide Pools WorksheetsOcean Unit - Water Form Words Worksheet




Ocean Unit - Marine Habitats Coral Reefs Tide Pools Tides Currents Ocean Zones Bioluminescence Worksheets and moreWell, that’s about it for today!

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