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. :) 


  1. That's really a simple and interesting way to explain the different layers of the earth. Student's easily gets bored that's why you need to find different creative ways to solve different mysteries in science, will include your post on my report regarding science class exploration at professional paper writing company.