Station 1--Graphing the
Temperatures & Composition of
Earth’s Layers
1. Prepare the provided graph paper on the
handout to look like the example below.
2. Then click on this Data Sheet or use the one
provided at this station to graph the
temperatures of Earth’s Layers using a bar
graph! Inside each “bar” label what material that
layer is MOSTLY made up of. Color code if time.
Materials: graph paper, colored pencils/markers,
pencils, Earth Elements & Properties data sheet.
Example graph
Station 2-Thicknesses of the
Earth’s Layers
1. Find your completed Earth Layers Foldable to
help in graphing the thicknesses (in km) for each
of Earth’s Layers.
(Make sure you all agree on the thicknesses).
2. Set up the provided graphing area with an
appropriate scale, label the x- and y-axis, and
provide an appropriate title. {X axis will be the
Layers of the Earth and the y-axis will be the
thickness in km.}
3. Make a bar graph and color code your graph if
you have time!
Materials: Student Earth Layers Foldables, graph
paper, pencils, colored pencils
Station 3-Things you Didn’t
Know about Inner Earth
(or did you?)
1. Log onto a Chromebook.
2. Go to my Teacher Page
and read the Article:
(today’s date)
to pull up
20 things you Didn’t Know about Inner Earth.
http://discovermagazine.com/2013/jan-feb/20-things-you-didntknow-about-inner-earth
3. How many things did you know? What
was new, surprising, etc.? If you have
extra time here, look up a question you
have about something you read!
4. Log off when done
Materials: 2 computers
Station 4--Video Clips
1. Log onto a Chromebook.
2.Go to my Teacher Page
to pull up
the websites below:
3. Watch the following video clips:
(today’s date)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF9amNteUXc#t=118
https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=ryrXAGY1dmE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEDUtS0IMws
3. What did you learn?
4. Log off when done
Materials: 2 computers
Station 5--Oobleck
Oobleck is a mixture of
cornstarch & water, a substance
that behaves kinda like the Mantle.
1. Pour a large Oobleck “pancake” onto a
plate. Note: This substance dries out
quickly between groups and may need a
few drops of water before pouring.
2. Abruptly “tap” the top surface of the
Oobleck with your finger. Does it splash?
3. Slowly push your index finger through the
pancake like a bulldozer, with light pressure.
4. Now push your index finger through the
pancake very quickly, with a lot of pressure
5. From your experience with the Oobleck,
what is the Mantle most like:
a solid, a liquid, or a little of both?
6. Wash your hands and put the Oobleck back
in the container. Clean up this work area.
Materials: container of Oobleck, plate, spoon
Station 6--Convection Currents
(& Conduction and Radiation a
little too!)
Look at the demo (boiling water and glitter/pepper)
showing convection currents.
1. Sketch of set up & label the Convection
Currents AND note where the Conduction &
Radiation are.
**Consider the following questions:
2. What evidence do you have that convection
currents are actually occurring?
(What is happening and Why?)
3. How is this a good and a poor model for
modeling the convection currents in Earth’s
mantle? What would you do to make it better?
Materials: hot plate, beaker (400+mL), water, glitter/pepper
optional: soap (sodium distearate in ingredients),
Station 7—
Earth Layers InfoGraphic
**Check out this MASSIVE infographic on Earth’s
Layers! It is full of some amazing info!
1. What did you learn?
Materials: infographic printed from :
http://www.relativelyinteresting.com/wpcontent/uploads/2014/08/journey-to-the-centerof-the-earth-infographic.jpg
Station 8--Pressure Changes in
Earth Layers graph
1. Study the graph below and explain how pressure
changes as you leave the surface and travel down
towards the Earth’s Interior. Make sure to point
out the big and little changes in pressure.
2. Why does pressure change this way? Come up
with an example or analogy to help someone
understand why this happens!
Layers of the Earth Stations--C.E.R
Name___________________________________Hr____
Essential Question: What is so special about Earth that allows plate tectonics to occur?
Your Claim: The properties of the Earth’s interior (temperature, density, physical
characteristics, etc.) and how they work together allow for plate tectonics to occur.
Evidence: It is your job to visit the stations around the room to document evidence to help
you better understand how Earth’s “specialness” helps plate tectonics occur. Record
important evidence from each station below.
Station
#
Evidence from the activity
that supports the Claim.
1
**Graph: Temperature and Elements of Earth’s Layers.
2
3
**Graph: Thicknesses of Earth’s Layers.
I also really
want to remember...
4
5
6
7
8
After visiting all of the stations, work together with your group to connect your Evidence to the Claim
using excellent Reasoning! (a conclusion)
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Station 1--Graphing the Temperatures & Composition of Earth`s Layers