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Ch 8: Earth's Spheres Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Earth's Spheres chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the stages of planetary development, the components of the atmosphere and other topics. 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 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 Four Stages of Planetary Development;
Theories on the Formation of the Earth;
The Four Spheres of Earth
The processes of differentiation, cratering and flooding;
The formation and evolution of the Earth's layers;
The location and characteristics of the Earth's spheres
Tuesday Interactions of Earth's Spheres;
Major Components of the Atmosphere;
The Structure of the Atmosphere
The Earth's spheres as a connected system;
The presence of argon, nitrogen, oxygen and greenhouse gases;
The altitudes of the layers of the atmosphere
Wednesday The General Circulation of the Atmosphere;
Internal and External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface;
Earth's Internal Layers
The rotation of the planet;
How volcanoes, tsunamis and earthquakes alter the Earth's surface;
The characteristics of the planet's internal layers
Thursday Seismic Waves;
How Scientists Study Earth's Interior Structure
The activities of different kinds of seismic waves
The characteristics of the Earth's interior and different kinds of seismic waves;
Friday Subduction Zones;
Plate Tectonics
The correlation between subduction zones and continental and oceanic plates
The causes of changes to the Earth's surface

13 Lessons in Chapter 8: Earth's Spheres Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Four Stages of Planetary Development

1. Four Stages of Planetary Development

This lesson will describe the four stage of planetary development. They are, from past to present, differentiation, cratering, flooding, and slow surface evolution.

Formation of the Earth: Theories

2. Formation of the Earth: Theories

In this lesson, the theory of how the planet Earth formed will be discussed. This includes looking at how it differentiated into three layers, how it formed its atmosphere, water, and land features, and how it continues to evolve today.

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

3. 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

4. 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.

Major Components of the Atmosphere

5. Major Components of the Atmosphere

Our atmosphere is a complex mixture of many different gases. In this video lesson you will identify the major components of Earth's atmosphere as well as how much there is of each.

The Structure of the Atmosphere

6. The Structure of the Atmosphere

If you've ever climbed a mountain or been to the beach, you know that the atmosphere is different at different levels. This lesson explains how the structure of the atmosphere is really like a layer cake.

The General Circulation of the Atmosphere

7. The General Circulation of the Atmosphere

The Sahara Desert, tropical rainforests, and cold polar winds are all due to Earth's rotation. In this video lesson, you will learn how this rotation has created global air circulation patterns on Earth and how it is responsible for such diverse climate patterns across the globe.

The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface

8. 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.

Earth's Internal Layers: Crust, Mantle & Core

9. 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

10. 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.

Plate Tectonics: A Unified Theory for Change of the Earth's Surface

11. Plate Tectonics: A Unified Theory for Change of the Earth's Surface

After many years of trying to solve the mystery of the moving continents, enough data and evidence was collected to develop a unifying theory of how the surface of the earth changes. It's called plate tectonics.

Seismic Wave: Definition, Types & Frequency

12. Seismic Wave: Definition, Types & Frequency

In this lesson, you will learn what seismic waves are, the various types of seismic waves, and their frequencies. You will learn about P-waves, S-waves, Rayleigh waves and Love waves. A short quiz will follow.

Subduction Zone: Definition, Location & Example

13. Subduction Zone: Definition, Location & Example

This lesson will discuss the meaning of the term 'subduction zone,' and where they occur in terms of tectonic plate boundaries. A few examples will be included, and a short quiz will follow.

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