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Below is a sample breakdown of the Internal Structure of the Earth 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||Earth's spheres||Examples of the Earth's four spheres, including atmosphere, geosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere|
|Tuesday||Interactions of Earth's spheres||Description and examples of how Earth's spheres interact to create the Earth system|
|Wednesday||Internal layers||Internal composition of the Earth, including an overview of the oceanic and continental crust, core and mantle.|
|Thursday||Physical properties of Earth's core||Inner, lithosphere, lower mantle, outer and asthenosphere cores; stress tolerance, temperature, density, plasticity|
|Friday||Interior structure||Ways scientists study the Earth's interior remotely or indirectly; types of seismic waves and seismic activity|
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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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