About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Earth's Spheres & Internal Structure chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Geological processes||Causes of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, weathering and deposition|
|Tuesday||Earth's four spheres||Features of the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere and the interactions occurring between them|
|Wednesday||Earth's mantle and core||Characteristics of Earth's inner and outer core, the plasticity of the upper and lower mantle|
|Thursday||Earth's crust||Components of the lithosphere, differences between the continental crust and oceanic crust|
|Friday||Methods for studying Earth's interior||Uses of seismographs and the types of seismic waves|
1. The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface
There are many geologic processes that shape the surface of the Earth. Not only do they build and destroy a variety of landscapes, but they also give us clues to the interior of the Earth and the forces that exist there.
2. The Four Spheres of Earth: Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Atmosphere
Earth is made up of four distinct yet connect spheres. In this video lesson, you will learn about where each sphere is found on Earth, as well as some features commonly found in each.
3. Interactions of Earth's Spheres: Purpose and Examples
The four spheres of Earth drive all of its processes and support life on our unique planet. In this video lesson, you will see examples of how Earth's spheres interact with each other to form an overall complex and connected system.
4. Earth's Internal Layers: Crust, Mantle & Core
Earth is made up of several different layers, each with unique properties. In this video lesson, you will identify each layer of Earth and how it relates to Earth as a whole.
5. How Scientists Study Earth's Interior Structure
We can't see what Earth's interior is made of, but scientists are able to study it in other ways. In this video lesson, you will learn how seismic activity helps us understand and describe the inner layers of the earth.
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