Ch 4: Overview of Geology for Elementary School

About This Chapter

This chapter is filled with topics on geology for elementary school students. In order to increase students' understanding on different geology topics, the lessons can be used alongside the lesson plans that teachers develop or they can be used as a homework tool to help reinforce classroom lessons.

Overview of Geology for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

The goal of this chapter is to ensure that elementary school students thoroughly grasp the fundamentals of geology. Designed to be used online, the chapter's lessons use video and text format to help students explore these topics. Different topics that are discussed in this chapter include lava, landforms, rocks, layers of the Earth, ozone layer, and the stratosphere. The lessons are brief, yet engaging and fun. Students can receive personalized support by submitting questions to our professional and knowledgeable instructors.

Who It's For

Kids who need extra help with geology topics will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There's no faster or easier way to learn about geology. 

  •  Students who have fallen behind in understanding layers of the Earth, the rock cycle and landforms
  •  Students who have learning disabilities or need a little extra help learning about geology
  •  Students who prefer multiple ways of learning Earth science (visual or auditory)
  •  Students who have missed class and need to catch up
  •  Students who need an efficient and convenient way to learn about geology
  •  Students who struggle to understand their Earth science teachers
  •  Students who attend schools without extra Earth science resources

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  •  Find lessons in the chapter that cover geology topics your student needs to learn or review.
  •  Press play to watch the video lesson with your student or read through the text lesson.
  •  Review the lesson or video transcripts, emphasizing the highlighted vocab words to reinforce learning about geology.
  •  Test your student's understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  •  Verify your student understands geology by completing the Geology for Elementary School chapter exam.

40 Lessons in Chapter 4: Overview of Geology for Elementary School
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Beach Facts: Lesson for Kids

1. Beach Facts: Lesson for Kids

Beaches are the areas of land that border oceans, as well as lakes and rivers. Many are tropical and warm, while others are muddy, rugged and freezing. Read on to find out more about beaches.

Helium Lesson for Kids: Facts & Uses

2. Helium Lesson for Kids: Facts & Uses

In this lesson, you'll learn how to fly away as you discover facts about helium, which is a gas that can lift things in the air. Read on to find out more about helium and how it's used in medicine and science.

Landforms Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

3. Landforms Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

With beautiful sights like valleys and canyons carved by flowing water, Earth's ever-changing landscape features a great diversity of landforms. In this lesson, learn about landforms and see different examples of these features.

Types of Landforms: Lesson for Kids

4. Types of Landforms: Lesson for Kids

From a tall mountain to a low plain, the earth has many different and interesting types of landforms. Let's learn about some of the most common ones in this lesson on landforms.

Lava Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

5. Lava Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Lava is molten rock that escapes through a volcano. In this lesson, learn about what lava is made of, how it escapes, and different types of lava flows, and where they occur on Earth.

Rainforest Layers: Lesson for Kids

6. Rainforest Layers: Lesson for Kids

Hidden inside the layers of the rainforest is a unique world of life. In today's lesson, you'll learn about the layers of the rainforest and the plant and animal life that call it home.

Rock Cycle Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

7. Rock Cycle Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Let's explore the rock cycle, which shows the movement and transformation of rock materials. We'll explore the three basic stages of the rock cycle--igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic--before concluding with a short quiz.

Properties of Rocks: Lesson for Kids

8. Properties of Rocks: Lesson for Kids

Rocks are everywhere! You have definitely seen rocks before and maybe even learned about them in school. This lesson will teach you all about the different properties, or characteristics, of rocks.

Geology Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

9. Geology Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

You've probably held a rock in your hand, but did you ever think about how that rock came to be and how it may have changed over time? Rocks contain many clues that tell scientists who study geology about planet Earth. Learn about geology in this fun lesson!

Topographic Maps: Lesson for Kids

10. Topographic Maps: Lesson for Kids

You could say that reading a topographic map has its ups and downs. It measures land elevation! This lesson focuses on how to read and understand the features of a topographic map.

Layers of the Earth: Lesson for Kids

11. Layers of the Earth: Lesson for Kids

Although the Earth might look like a solid ball, it's actually made up of several layers. This lesson will teach you some cool facts about the layers of Earth. We'll start with the outer crust and dig deep down to the core all while exploring the layers in between.

Ozone Layer Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

12. Ozone Layer Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

You can't see the ozone layer, so how does it protect you? In this lesson, you'll learn about this important layer that covers the earth and how it keeps you safe from the harmful rays of the sun.

Planet Earth Facts: Lesson for Kids

13. Planet Earth Facts: Lesson for Kids

We live on an amazing planet. The Earth spins through the solar system in the just the right place to contain life. But I'll bet there are lots of things you didn't know about the blue planet. This lesson will teach you all about our home: the Earth.

Stratosphere Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

14. Stratosphere Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

The Earth has an atmosphere made up of 5 layers, and the stratosphere is its second layer. Come learn about the stratosphere, how high up it is, why most clouds don't form there, and some other cool facts about this part of our atmosphere.

Ocean Habitat Facts: Lesson for Kids

15. Ocean Habitat Facts: Lesson for Kids

Whether you're in shallow waters or if you head down deep, you'll be delighted to find many plants and animals that will keep you entertained. Let's take a closer look at what you might find in the large ocean habitat.

Water Treatment Process: Lesson for Kids

16. Water Treatment Process: Lesson for Kids

Water has to be treated for it to be safe enough for it to come into your home. There are many steps that your town's water department goes through to ensure that your water is safe and healthy. Let's explore these steps.

Continental Drift Lesson for Kids: Theory & Facts

17. Continental Drift Lesson for Kids: Theory & Facts

Can you imagine what the world would be like if all of our continents were placed together as one huge supercontinent? This idea is more real than you may realize. This lesson is about the theory of continental drift and evidence to support the idea.

Jungle Facts: Lesson for Kids

18. Jungle Facts: Lesson for Kids

Jungles are diverse ecosystems found throughout the world. They're located in tropical climates near the equator. In this lesson, you'll learn about plants and animals that inhabit jungles.

Filtration Definition: Lesson for Kids

19. Filtration Definition: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you'll learn about a process called filtration. You'll explore types of filtration, find out about ways to remove solids from a liquid, and learn to make your own filter.

Fold Mountains Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

20. Fold Mountains Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Looking up at the peak of a massive mountain might make you feel lots of feelings. Wonder, awe and maybe even curiosity. How could something so big have come to be? This lesson will teach you about how fold mountains came to exist.

Wood Lesson for Kids: Facts & Uses

21. Wood Lesson for Kids: Facts & Uses

'Woodn't' you know - wood is one of the most widely used materials in the world. Learn what wood is, explore different types and uses of wood, and find out some interesting, fun facts in this lesson.

What is an Environment? - Lesson for Kids

22. 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.

Sonoran Desert Facts: Lesson for Kids

23. Sonoran Desert Facts: Lesson for Kids

The Sonoran Desert is unique because it can support a lot of plants and animal life. In this lesson, we'll learn about its location, biodiversity and monsoon rains, as well as ways plants and animals adapt to live there.

African Savanna: Lesson for Kids

24. African Savanna: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever heard of the African savanna? It's a fascinating place with lots of amazing plants and animals! Learn where the African savanna is located, what its weather is like, and lots of fun facts about the plants and animals that live there.

Bodies of Water: Lesson for Kids

25. Bodies of Water: Lesson for Kids

Water is such an important part of our lives, and all living things need it to survive. It covers most of our Earth in many different forms. This lesson describes the bodies of water and the differences between them.

Ocean Tides Lesson for Kids

26. Ocean Tides Lesson for Kids

Ocean water goes up and down each day, and we call these tides. In this lesson we will learn why we have ocean tides and how they happen. We will also learn about two forces called gravity and inertia.

History of the Compass: Lesson for Kids

27. History of the Compass: Lesson for Kids

A compass is a cool device that helps people travel north, south, east and west by using Earth's magnetic field. Continue reading to learn the interesting history of compasses and how they are used today.

What is an Aquifer? - Lesson for Kids

28. What is an Aquifer? - Lesson for Kids

Aquifers are hidden under the ground, so you might be surprised to learn that you depend on them every day. Learn about the role aquifers play in supplying you with water for drinking, playing and washing.

Ayers Rock Facts: Lesson for Kids

29. Ayers Rock Facts: Lesson for Kids

Let's explore Australia's outback and discover one of the world's largest natural wonders! In this lesson, learn all about the geological formation known as Ayers Rock.

Earth's Magnetic Field: Lesson for Kids

30. Earth's Magnetic Field: Lesson for Kids

Can you remember a time you were outside on a sunny and hot day? You probably wanted to protect yourself from the heat with a hat or sunglasses. The earth also has a way to protect itself from the sun's rays: a magnetic field.

Earth's Crust Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

31. Earth's Crust Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Have you ever stopped to think about the ground beneath your feet? The part of Earth that we live on, called the Earth's crust, has more to it than meets the eye! Let's take a closer look at this layer of Earth that we call home.

Mining in Antarctica: Lesson for Kids

32. Mining in Antarctica: Lesson for Kids

This lesson talks about mining in Antarctica, which hasn't happened yet, but could in the future. Find out what may lie under the ice in Antarctica and what has kept countries and companies from mining there.

Saturn's Atmosphere: Lesson for Kids

33. Saturn's Atmosphere: Lesson for Kids

Saturn is famous for its rings, but in this lesson you'll discover the other unique properties of this planet! For example, learn about Saturn's cloud decks, ferocious winds and terrible thunderstorms in this lesson.

Jupiter's Atmosphere: Lesson for Kids

34. Jupiter's Atmosphere: Lesson for Kids

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be on the planet Jupiter, then this is the lesson for you! Read on to explore what the atmosphere is like on the largest planet in our solar system.

Neptune's Atmosphere: Lesson for Kids

35. Neptune's Atmosphere: Lesson for Kids

Neptune, the eighth and last planet in our solar system, is brightly blue, is called a gas giant and an ice giant, and experiences very powerful storms! Keep reading to find out what it is about Neptune's atmosphere that causes all these things.

Uranus' Atmosphere: Lesson for Kids

36. Uranus' Atmosphere: Lesson for Kids

Uranus, the seventh planet in the solar system, is called a gas giant and has a huge atmosphere, much different from Earth's. Keep reading to learn all about the atmosphere of Uranus!

Geological Terms: Lesson for Kids

37. Geological Terms: Lesson for Kids

Geology is the study of natural materials on Earth and processes within the Earth. In this lesson, learn some geological vocabulary, what these terms mean, and how scientists use them to learn more about the materials on our planet.

Radioactive Dating: Lesson for Kids

38. Radioactive Dating: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever seen an ancient ruin and wondered how old it is? In this lesson, you will learn about how scientists estimate the age of things when they are not sure using predictable decay rates. We will discover what a half life is and why it is important!

Difference Between a Lake & a Pond: Lesson for Kids

39. Difference Between a Lake & a Pond: Lesson for Kids

Our world is made of different bodies of waters with special features. In this lesson, you'll look at two specific bodies of waters known as lakes and ponds. You'll explore the special features that help with telling lakes and ponds apart.

How Was Hawaii Formed? - Lesson for Kids

40. How Was Hawaii Formed? - Lesson for Kids

Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places to visit, but do you know how this island paradise came into existence? You might be surprised that these tropical islands are really volcanic rocks! Keep reading to learn more about how Hawaii was formed.

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