Planet Earth Inside & Out: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

March 18, 2014

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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
    • geologist
    • Pangaea
    • layers of the Earth – the core, the mantle, and the crust
    • tectonic plates
    • continental drift

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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 

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  • A Child’s Introduction to The World by Heather Alexander
  • Planet Earth / Inside Out by Gail Gibbons
  • snack size Snickers candy bar
  • paper plate
  • knife

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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

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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.

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Step 3: Continental Drift

  • Hold the snickers at both ends.
  • Pull the candy apart.
  • Pull the candy from side to side.

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  • 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.

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We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Planet Earth / Inside Out by Gail Gibbons

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

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.

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, March 23, 2014

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, March 24, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!


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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah March 18, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Great giveaway–I have a very inquisitive 4 year old, and I love Gail Gibbons books. They always provide a great explanation on the subject we’re interested in!

Tara H March 18, 2014 at 11:24 pm

I have not ever experienced any of those…and would happy to only study them!

Stasia March 19, 2014 at 8:05 am

I experienced earthquakes as a kid growing up in CA. I also remember doing earthquake drills in school.

Anna@The Measured Mom March 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

Now THAT’S a science activity I’ve got to try. Might take a few tries to get it right… ;)

Jeannine March 19, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Yes Anna, food (especially candy) always seems to make learning more fun (and tasty).

maryanne @ mama smiles March 19, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Neat activity! I’ve been in earthquakes in three different countries. I’m hoping I don’t attract one now that we are in California!

tammy cordery March 19, 2014 at 10:47 pm

We only had a very small earthquake I only felt the chair shake a little.

Jeannine March 20, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Maryanne, earthquakes in three countries! I would say your chances are high in California. Yikes.

michelle March 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm

a small earthquake in central IN mid 1980’s

michelle March 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm

a small earthquake in central IN mid 1980’s & another in northern AL a few years ago

Jill B. March 23, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Earthquakes were fairly common in Alaska where I grew up. I distinctly remember pictures falling off walls and dishes rattling in my grandma’s china hutch.

Jeannine March 24, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Wow, so many earthquakes. I feel so fortunate not to have experienced an earthquake.
We do live in Central Texas which has been identified as the most flash-flood prone area in the United States.

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