Ch 1: Earth's Spheres & Structure Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Earth's Spheres and Structure chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the Earth's interior and exterior structure 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 Sphere's and Structures 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayEarth science overview The branches of earth science
Tuesday Forces that shape and change the EarthInternal and external forces that help shape the surface of our planet, such as earthquakes, faults and tsunamis; features the change the Earth, like volcanoes and weathering
WednesdayFour spheres of the EarthFeatures of the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere
Thursday How the Earth's spheres interactOverview of the Earth system, with examples of interactions between spheres
Friday Layers of the EarthOverview of the crust, mantle and core

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Earth's Spheres & Structure Lesson Plans
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What is Earth Science?

1. 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.

How The Earth is Shaped: Earthquakes, Faults & Tsunamis

2. How The Earth is Shaped: Earthquakes, Faults & Tsunamis

If you thought that the best way to describe the Earth's surface was round, think again! As this lesson shows, the world is much more like a soccer ball than you might imagine.

The Changing Earth: Volcanoes, Weathering & Deposition

3. The Changing Earth: Volcanoes, Weathering & Deposition

While we may not see it every day, the world is always changing. In this lesson, with the help of an ill-informed tour guide, we will see how volcanoes, weathering, and deposition work to continually change the surface of our planet.

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

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