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Ch 17: Earth's Spheres & Internal Structure Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Earth's Spheres & Internal Structure chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach Earth system components in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

5 Lessons in Chapter 17: Earth's Spheres & Internal Structure Lesson Plans
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The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface

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.

The Four Spheres of Earth: Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Atmosphere

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.

Interactions of Earth's Spheres: Purpose and Examples

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.

Earth's Internal Layers: Crust, Mantle & Core

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.

How Scientists Study Earth's Interior Structure

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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