Layers of the Earth Computer Learning

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SWBAT identify identify the layers of the earth.

Big Idea

In this lesson, students work in partners and use a computer to gather information about the layers of the earth.


5 minutes

I begin this warm up by asking students to brainstorm everything they remember about the inside of the earth.  I then play this video as a review. 


20 minutes

Next, I distribute the waves internet scavenger hunt sheet that students will work on for this lesson.

Students spend about 25 minutes working independently to answer the questions on the research sheet.  As students work I circulate around the room and offer assistance as necessary. 

According to the Common Core State Standards, students who are college and career ready use technology and digital media strategically and capably. Students employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use. They tailor their searches online to acquire useful information efficiently, and they integrate what they learn using technology with what they learn offline. They are familiar with the strengths and limitations of various technological tools and mediums and can select and use those best suited to their communication goals.

This internet activity is a great way to allow fourth grade students practice gathering and analyzing information gained online.



15 minutes

When most students are finished, I lead a brief discussion about correct answers and the different types of waves.  I ask student volunteers for answers and help clear up any misunderstandings as they occur. 








10 minutes

Next, I play this video to reaffirm what students learned today during the computer scavenger hunt.