Our planet is an amazing place and is so much fun to teach about! I hope your students will love the “earth changes” activities planned in this unit as much as mine did. Each activity has been tested out and approved by excited third graders!
Earth Changes Unit
This unit explores the three layers of the earth by a quick demonstration and by reading a related article. Then students sort the characteristics of each layer (free to download at the end of the post). There is even an activity that gets students up and moving around! What elementary school kiddo doesn’t love to get up and move around in class?
Next students begin exploring earthquakes through a series of experiments. This includes my “Catch Shifty Crust” station rotations, where students are detectives on the hunt for Shifty Crust and the destruction he has caused through the earth changes!
Students will also be exploding over volcanoes as they explore the causes and effects of these landforms. I have added causation cards to the unit for a fun, high energy activity. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without students creating their own volcanoes!
This unit is also packed full of experiments and demonstrations for students to fully understand Team Weathering and Erosion – the slow earth-changing team responsible for a good portion of the earth changes we see today!
In addition to all the experiments and demonstrations, you will find practice pages, journal prompts, review sheets and vocabulary strengtheners to help your students understand all the destructive and constructive processes that cause earth changes both rapidly and slowly.
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**Would you like to see more earthquake materials from this unit that are more hands-on and engaging for the students (and to be honest, quite tasty!)? Go to this post here.
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