We’ve been having a bad luck run with our science lessons recently. It feels like most of our projects just go horribly wrong, and I’ve felt rather unenthused about posting them because of that. But, I have an earth science project that went great, and I need to move forward. So I present our layers of the atmosphere lesson.
Layers of the Atmosphere theories
There are two different theories for the earth’s atmosphere: composition and temperature. The composition theory is rather boring: two different types, which I’m not bothering with right now. So let’s look at the layer by temperature, that’s what we most often hear referred to.
The layers of the atmosphere according to temperature are: the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere.
Layers of the Atmosphere project supplies
Making your layers of the atmosphere project
Cover the cardstock with glue and put the lightest color of the atmosphere over the glue. This represents the Troposphere.
Tear the edges of the next lightest shade of blue (if you want go ahead and do this for all the rest of the shades). We’re doing this to show it’s not a clear hard line between the layers, but a gradual change.
Slowly add the different layers, the middle two layers are double the size of the others, so allow them more space (I felt it was kind of silly to show every single step over and over, also I didn’t take pictures). The final layer is the very darkest blue color.
Finally, add information about each of the layers. Here’s the shorthand we added, obviously our CKE Earth and Space book had more information.
- Troposphere- always changing, where most of the weather happens
- Stratosphere- temperature goes up as you go up
- Mesosphere- strong winds
- Thermosphere- protects us from the meteors falling into our atmosphere
We also had a bit of fun adding in our own little odds and ends of personality.
For more earth science ideas check out my Pinterest board:
Check out some more 4th-grade fun
Apparently, we studied Earth Science during 4th grade, so let’s see what else we studied then: