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Earth’s Interior Posters

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 90 minutes.

Group Size:
Small Groups


Students will also begin to learn about convection currents. Using their textbooks as a resource, in small groups students will make posters of the earth’s interior. They will label and identify important features to understanding the idea of plate tectonics.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Earth Science
Standard 2 Objective 1

Evaluate the source of Earth's internal heat and the evidence of Earth's internal structure.


  • colored butcher paper
  • markers, crayons, colored pencils
  • scissors
  • glue
  • textbooks
  • overhead projector
  • overhead markers
  • words for overhead (attached)
  • student worksheet (attached)


Background For Teachers:
Objective of lesson: To learn the temperature and densities of the different layers of the earth and to be able to label the spheres of the earth. Students will also begin to learn about convection currents.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Assemble needed supplies, run copies and make overhead.
  2. Put overhead on the projector. Fill out the overhead with the students. Format this as a class discussion, solicit answers from as many students as you can. Use this discussion as an opportunity to help students learn how to figure of the definitions of words they don’t know by looking at the roots. This is an excellent skill for students to develop. Students may not know the meanings of all the roots, help them with the ones they are unfamiliar with.
  3. Explain the poster project to the students.
  4. Have students from groups no larger than 4.
  5. Allow students time to complete the project.

Assessment Plan:
Sample Grading Rubric:


Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

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Created Date :
Nov 05 2014 07:31 AM