Understanding the structure of the Earth

This lesson is designed for KS2 students and is a great introduction to any volcanoes or earthquakes topic. It can be taught as a stand alone lesson but is also available as part of three wider units which are available on Teach It Forward:

The presentation investigates the structure of the Earth and looks into the basic composition of the inner core, outer core, mantle and crust.

Students then complete an activity which is differentiated three ways:

Easier – Students label the layers of the Earth and complete a cloze procedure paragraph (6 gaps).
Medium – Students label the layers of the Earth and complete a cloze procedure paragraph (10 gaps).
Harder – Students label the layers of the Earth – including drawing arrows – and complete a cloze procedure paragraph (10 gaps).

Extension – Students think about what they would like to find out about volcanoes or earthquakes or both, depending on which topic you are doing.


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  1. Heather Morrison (verified owner)

    Fantastic resource!! The class will love it (P5 Scotland). Great plans for the topic. The slides are clear and excellently presented with fabulous, differentiated activities to go along with it. Thank you so much, makes my life a LOT easier.

    • Ed Bray

      Hi Heather! Thank you so much for your lovely feedback and I’m so glad the resources are making your life easier. That’s exactly why we dedicate hours to creating each lesson – so you don’t have to! Let us know if you would like to try another resource for free at some point. You can get in touch at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. Ed 🙂

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