Ch 2: Earth Science Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

This chapter will provide you with ideas for creating or improving your earth and space science lesson plans. The lessons include topical videos that you can use to refresh your knowledge of earth and space concepts as well as suggestions for class activities and homework assignments you can use in your classroom.

Earth & Space Science Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Our expert instructors have developed this chapter to help earth and space science in creating high-quality lesson plans. Review these lessons to see ideas for objectives, discussion questions and homework assignments related to the following earth and space science topics:

  • Plate tectonics
  • Layers of the Earth
  • Volcanoes
  • Dinosaurs
  • Planets and the solar system
  • The rock cycle and types of rocks

This chapter also includes short text and video lessons on those topics to help you brush up your knowledge before teaching it. The refresher lessons also include quizzes you can use to check your understanding, or you can give them to your students to assess their comprehension of key concepts.

How It Helps

  • Builds your understanding of basic lesson topics: You can review key earth and space concepts, like the planets, dinosaurs and rock cycles, before teaching them.
  • Provides ideas for lesson plans: See ideas and activities examples for teaching about plate tectonics and layers of the Earth.
  • Increases student learning: You can improve students' ability to learn about earth and space science through interactive group projects or classroom discussions.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning earth and space science lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific earth and space science topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your earth and space science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related earth and space science lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important earth and space science concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant earth and space science-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

47 Lessons in Chapter 2: Earth Science Lesson Plans
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Earth Science Lesson Plan

1. Earth Science Lesson Plan

Few scientific fields are as expansive as Earth science. In this lesson plan, your students will not only learn the vocabulary necessary to describe Earth science, but also how to analyze the importance of the field.

What is Earth Science?

2. What is Earth Science?

Earth science is a field that includes geology, astronomy, meteorology, and oceanography. Scientists do research in these fields to discover past and future events. Learn about the dynamic field of earth science and how it affects our lives in this lesson.

Earth Science Essential Questions

3. Earth Science Essential Questions

These essential questions will serve as a useful reference as you design and teach earth science. They will help both you and your students focus on the most important questions that must be answered to fully understand the depth of this subject.

Spheres of Earth Lesson Plan

4. Spheres of Earth Lesson Plan

The Earth is made up of four interdependent spheres. This lesson plan uses a simple yet informative video lesson to provide an overview of these spheres. A group activity culminates in a meaningful visual of Earth's spheres.

Layers of the Earth Lesson Plan

5. Layers of the Earth Lesson Plan

Take your students on a journey through the layers of the Earth. A video lesson engages students with the facts, while a hands-on activity allows them to create models of the Earth's layers.

The Layers of the Earth: Facts, Composition & Temperature

6. The Layers of the Earth: Facts, Composition & Temperature

This lesson will discuss the layers that make up the inside of the Earth chemically, including their composition, temperatures, and the states. A short quiz will follow.

Layers of the Earth Activities & Games

7. Layers of the Earth Activities & Games

The Earth consists of four unique layers, each with a specific function. Teaching students about these layers need not be daunting. These games and activities were designed to make learning about the layers of the Earth fun and easy.

Continents & Oceans Games & Activities

8. Continents & Oceans Games & Activities

Help students learn the names, locations, and features of the continents and oceans of the world by having them take part in these fun games and activities.

Landforms Lesson Plan

9. Landforms Lesson Plan

Planning to teach your students about landforms? Use this lesson plan to help you teach students the definitions of landforms and how to identify different kinds of landforms around the United States. Using technology, they will then research one landform thoroughly.

Landform: Definition & Types

10. Landform: Definition & Types

Read about landforms and their major features. Learn the differences between formations like mountains and hills, valleys and canyons. (Hint: It has to do with their form.)

Major Landforms in the United States

11. Major Landforms in the United States

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what a landform is and describe some of the most important landforms in the United States. A short quiz will follow.

Earth's Rotation Lesson Plan

12. Earth's Rotation Lesson Plan

Students love to learn about the world they live in. This lesson plan uses a text lesson and a hands-on activity to teach about the earth's rotation. Ask engaging questions and assess student understanding with a quiz.

Earth's Rotation: Lesson for Kids

13. Earth's Rotation: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever wondered how and why the earth rotates? This concept has caught the interest of many scientists over hundreds of years. In this lesson, you'll discover interesting facts about Earth's rotation.

North Pole Lesson Plan

14. North Pole Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides your class with activities, a quiz, key terms, discussion topics and questions, as well as an extension that will help your students learn a lot more about the North Pole.

North Pole Facts: Lesson for Kids

15. North Pole Facts: Lesson for Kids

We all know why the North Pole becomes popular in December. In this lesson, explore beyond the holiday images and discover the climate, wildlife, and unique aspects of the northernmost point on the globe!

Lithosphere Lesson Plan

16. Lithosphere Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to Earth's lithosphere. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss the lithosphere and Earth's other layers, and use a hands-on model to explore the lithosphere further.

The Lithosphere: Definition & Composition

17. The Lithosphere: Definition & Composition

The lithosphere is where we live. It is also the source of many geologic events that affect us. In this lesson, you will learn more about this important part of our planet.

Earth's Crust Lesson Plan

18. Earth's Crust Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help guide your instruction of the Earth's crust. With it, students will read a text lesson, discuss the Earth's crust, and create a graphic organizer before challenging their newfound knowledge with a quiz.

The Earth's Crust: Facts, Layers, Temperature & Composition

19. The Earth's Crust: Facts, Layers, Temperature & Composition

The Earth's crust is just a thin layer surrounding our world. Although it is the only part of the Earth any of us see, it makes up just one percent of the planet's total volume.

The Environment Lesson Plan for Elementary School

20. The Environment Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What factors make up an environment and how do these things impact life? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain key facts about environments. An activity gives students practice in describing environments.

What is an Environment? - Lesson for Kids

21. What is an Environment? - Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will understand what to look for when evaluating an environment. The environment could be your home, your backyard or the country you live in.

Biosphere Lesson Plan

22. Biosphere Lesson Plan

Your students can gain an appreciation and understanding of the biosphere through this lesson. They will watch and discuss a video, research and present as a group, and take a quiz.

Aquaculture Lesson Plan

23. Aquaculture Lesson Plan

Scientists from all over the world are working together to find ways to increase the food supply. Your students will learn about aquaculture as they watch a video, research aquaculture farms in different states, and complete a worksheet.

Forces of Nature Lesson Plan

24. Forces of Nature Lesson Plan

Through this lesson plan, students will learn the characteristics and examples of the four forces of nature through a video lesson, analysis of examples, and discussion.

Troposphere Lesson Plan

25. Troposphere Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students learn the basics of the troposphere and engage in class discussions. Students then make a creative diagram to make sure the key characteristics of the troposphere stick.

Tropopause Lesson Plan

26. Tropopause Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help students learn about the tropopause. Students will be able to describe the layers of the atmosphere and the transition zones between the layers.

Aquifer Lesson Plan

27. Aquifer Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about aquifers. Students will be able to define and describe the importance of aquifers, as well as explain some of the consequences if groundwater disappears.

Earth's Internal Layers Lesson Plan

28. Earth's Internal Layers Lesson Plan

Educate your students about the internal layers of the Earth with this lesson plan. They will view a video lesson about the layers, take a quiz that is related, and participate in a hands-on activity that will reinforce new concepts about the layers.

Interactions of Earth's Spheres Lesson Plan

29. Interactions of Earth's Spheres Lesson Plan

The four spheres of Earth continuously depend on each other. Your students will learn about these interactions as they watch a video, illustrate examples of interactions and complete a worksheet.

Layers of the Atmosphere Lesson Plan

30. Layers of the Atmosphere Lesson Plan

What are the layers present in Earth's atmosphere? This lesson plan uses both a video and text lesson to outline key points for students. An activity gives the class hands-on experience with the layers.

Earth's Atmosphere: Components & Structure

31. Earth's Atmosphere: Components & Structure

After completing this lesson, you will be able to describe the layers of Earth's atmosphere, what they contain, and the components (gases) that make up the atmosphere. A short quiz will follow.

What is Atmosphere? - Layers, Gases & Pressure

32. What is Atmosphere? - Layers, Gases & Pressure

The atmosphere surrounds us wherever we go and is necessary for our survival. This lesson will cover the properties and layers of the atmosphere. After completing the lesson, test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Layers of the Atmosphere Lesson Plan for Elementary School

33. Layers of the Atmosphere Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan utilizes an informative text lesson to explain to students important facts about the layers of the atmosphere. Discussion questions will enhance students' understanding and a hands-on art activity allows the students to create models of the Earth's atmosphere.

Layers of the Atmosphere Lesson for Kids

34. Layers of the Atmosphere Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you'll learn about the layers of the atmosphere and what's special about each layer. You'll also learn how the conditions change as you move up from the ground into outer space.

Layers of the Atmosphere Activities

35. Layers of the Atmosphere Activities

Looking for ideas for activities to incorporate into your atmosphere unit? This lesson contains several activities that engage students in learning about the layers of the atmosphere in fun ways.

Layers of the Atmosphere Activities for Kids

36. Layers of the Atmosphere Activities for Kids

Want some help making your atmosphere unit a bit more engaging? This lesson outlines several activities that are designed to help young students explore Earth's atmosphere in fun, meaningful ways.

Ozone Layer Lesson Plan

37. Ozone Layer Lesson Plan

What is ozone and why is it important to our survival? This lesson plan uses a fact-based video lesson to highlight primary facts and an activity to drive home comprehension.

The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

38. The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

In this lesson, you will learn the importance of the ozone layer and how it is depleted. You will also study the research and policy that has been instrumental in its recovery.

Ozone Layer Activities & Games

39. Ozone Layer Activities & Games

Your students may have heard the term 'ozone layer' many times without really knowing much about the topic at all. The following activities and games will help you teach your students about the ozone layer that surrounds the Earth.

Microclimates Lesson Plan

40. Microclimates Lesson Plan

Get students excited about the topic of microclimates by taking them outside! This lesson plan helps students experience microclimates with a short video, whole-class and small-group discussion, and a hands-on activity out in the school yard.

Microclimate: Definition, Factors & Examples

41. Microclimate: Definition, Factors & Examples

A microclimate is a smaller area within a general climate zone that has its own unique climate. Learn more about microclimates, and see some examples.

Atmospheric Cycle Lesson Plan

42. Atmospheric Cycle Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students learn about the basic factors that create the weather. They then use common weather measurement tools to note these factors and analyze them in a report.

Earth's Rotation Activities for 5th Grade

43. Earth's Rotation Activities for 5th Grade

These group participatory activities will assist you in teaching your 5th graders about the rotation of the Earth and how so many elements of our lives are affected by this movement.

Geology Science Fair Project Ideas

44. Geology Science Fair Project Ideas

Geology is a high interest area for many students because as it encompasses the physical composition of the Earth. This asset contains ideas for science fair projects related to geology.

Earth Day Activities for High Schoolers

45. Earth Day Activities for High Schoolers

High school students will be excited to participate in these fun warm-up activities related to Earth Day. The activities offered here are collaborative and active in nature.

STEM Earth Day Activities

46. STEM Earth Day Activities

On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day. There are few better ways to celebrate this holiday with your students than by doing a STEM activity that will help them appreciate the earth. These activities were designed with elementary students in mind.

Earth Science Activities for 6th Grade

47. Earth Science Activities for 6th Grade

Are you interested in educating your sixth grade students about earth science? These fun and educational activities will assist you, as your students learn about the subdisciplines of this often fascinating subject.

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