Teaching Earth Changes, with a Freebie!

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!

Engage students in learning about earth changes such as earthquakes and volcanoes with these hands-on elementary science experiments and activities. And this post even has a FREEBIE!

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 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?

Then students begin exploring earthquakes through a series of experiments, including 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!

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!

Explore earthquakes through a series of experiments, including 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!   Explore earthquakes through a series of experiments, including 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.

You can grab this Layers of the Earth Sort FREE by clicking here.

**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.

Happy Teaching!

The Nitty Gritty:

  • The Earth is an amazing planet and students enjoy learning about it. My “Changes to the Earth’s Surface Lesson Plan Unit” will give you the resources you need to help your students learn about the changes that occur.
  • This unit explores the three layers of the earth by using a demonstration and reading a related article. Students also get to sort characteristics of each layer and do an activity that gets them up and moving.
  • Students will learn about earthquakes through a series of experiments. This includes my “Catch Shifty Crust” station rotations.
  • Students will learn about the causes and effects of volcanoes. Use my causation cards for a fun activity students are sure to love. Students will, of course, get the opportunity to create their own volcanoes!
  • I also have included experiments and demonstrations for weathering and erosion.
  • There are practice pages, journal prompts, review sheets and vocabulary strengtheners to help your students understand all concepts in this unit on earth changes.

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Engage students in learning about earth changes such as earthquakes and volcanoes with these hands-on elementary science experiments and activities. And this post even has a FREEBIE!