Week at a Glance:
- Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Planet Earth / Inside Out by Gail Gibbons
- Experiment – How Plate Tectonics Works
- Lesson 3 – Earth Inside & Out Concepts
- layers of the Earth – the core, the mantle, and the crust
- tectonic plates
- continental drift
Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Planet Earth / Inside Out by Gail Gibbons
Why we love this book:
We begin each new lesson with our geography book A Child’s Introduction to The World. As I outlined in my introduction to our Geography for Kids series, I use this book as our basic syllabus. From there, I collect additional resources and books to enhance our study. Gibbons book offers an introduction to geology, including Pangaea, the layers of the earth, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, and climates. Her descriptions and illustrations of the earth inside and out help clarify geology concepts for children. The pictures make it an excellent read aloud for younger children and the content makes it a good independent study book for older children.
Geography for Kids Lesson 3 – Planet Earth Inside and Out
Activity – How Plate Tectonics Works
- A Child’s Introduction to The World by Heather Alexander
- Planet Earth / Inside Out by Gail Gibbons
- snack size Snickers candy bar
- paper plate
Step 1:The Layers of the Earth
Which parts of the candy bar represent which layers of the Earth?
- the top layer of chocolate – crust of the earth
- the caramel – mantle layer
- the light brown nougat – the outer core
- the bottom layer – the inner core
Step 2: The Tectonic Plates
- Use your fingernail or a knife to make breaks in the “crust” of the Earth.
- These are the plates.
- The Earth’s crust isn’t solid. It is cracked into huge slabs called tectonic plates. They float on the liquid mantle layer of the Earth.
Step 3: Continental Drift
- Hold the snickers at both ends.
- Pull the candy apart.
- Pull the candy from side to side.
- Push the pieces back together.
- Observe how the plates collide, bump and separate.
The plates of Planet Earth are always in motion causing
- earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Planet Earth / Inside Out by Gail Gibbons
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Have you ever experienced an earthquake, volcano or tsunami? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
*For the adults in the room, I highly recommend the movie The Impossible (2012) staring Naomi Watts & Ewan McGregor. Based on the real life experiences of Maria Belon and her family and their harrowing survival through the tsunami that devastated Thailand in 2004. This movie leaves you emotionally drained and you ache as the parents fight to reunite their family amidst all of the destruction and chaos. (Ignore a bit of the movie making added suspense.) Again, I would not let my children watch this intense movie.
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