Sunday, February 21, 2016

Earth Layers

I wanted a different way to model the layers of the earth.  I had done the clay, the make-a-model-at-home; the usual activities. I was tired of having dozens of cakes and such in my classroom.  The kids were more about the model and not some much about the properties of the layers.

I like the judicious use of of "interactive" or 3D graphic organizers; sometimes called Foldables®. The awesome Dinah Zike coined and registered the term Foldable® and created a juggernaut in education.

I think I have all of her Notebooking template books for science, and find them helpful for many topics.

Sometimes I use her work as as springboard for something I want, but she hasn't created yet.  Sometimes I I just like the use of paper to create what I need in class.  Such was the case for Earth Layers.

What I made is not truly a Foldable®, but it was Foldables® that gave me the idea for what I did.

My FoldableSlashPaperModel can be found here.

I don't care for activities that require a lot of cutting, gluing, and coloring without some instruction as well.  I had to structure my direct teach portion of this lesson to go along with what the students were doing.  A talk a little, work a little, talk a little, work a little lesson worked well.

It took about 2 class periods, but the kids got it. :)