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Journey to the Center of the Earth

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 60 minutes.

Group Size:


Students will write a short essay describing a hypothetical (but accurate) journey to the center of the Earth.

Main Curriculum Tie:
SEEd - Grade 7 (2017)
Strand 7.2: Changes to Earth over time 7.2.4

Develop and use a scale model of the matter in Earth’s interior to demonstrate how differences in density and chemical composition (silicon, oxygen, iron, and magnesium) cause the formation of the crust, mantle, and core.



Student Prior Knowledge:
composition, structure, and properties of the layers in the interior of the Earth

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Students will need access to their notes and textbook, plus other information if the textbook does not give specific density, temperature, and pressure data for the different layers of the Earth.
  2. Students may refer to Jules Verne’s Voyage to the Center to the Earth in their essay and make corrections to his “observations” if they chose. That might give them help with the structure of the essay.
  3. Students should create a map, using a cut-away drawing of the Earth to illustrate their progress in the story.
  4. Inform the students that they will need to comment on any special equipment that they will require to complete the journey. They do not have to give specific information or describe exactly how it would work.
  5. They should include a reference page that gives the source of any data that they refer to in the story.

Assessment Plan:
Scoring guide:
Spelling and grammar.............4
Accurate information on pressure, temperature, and density for each of the four layers .........4
Maps – accurately scaled, labeled (including the Moho layer).........4
Reference page – complete and proper formatting...........4

Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

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Created Date :
Oct 01 2014 13:20 PM