Length of Lesson
3 45-minute periods (1 each for previewing, view-
ing, and post-viewing activities)
Video/Technology Hardware & Software
Bill Nye the Science Guy #112 The Earth’s Crust
Software Application: SuperPrint
CD ROM: 3D Atlas
Software Application: ClarisWorks Draw
(Extensions) Internet Site: Volcano World @
The student will be able to:
• identify the Earth’s continents and oceans (Va.
SOL Science 5.7)
• understand how the Earth’s surface is constantly
changing (Va. SOL Science 5.7)
• demonstrate the concepts of plate tectonics (Va.
SOL Science 5.7)
• diagram a model of the Earth’s interior (Va. SOL
• develop basic technology skills (Va. SOL Com-
• communicate through application software (Va.
SOL Computer/Technology 5.4)
Materials and Teacher Preparations
• preset template of continents and oceans on
• “World” beach ball
• paper and pencil for each student
• 1 hardboiled egg per group of 4 students
• blackboard or chart paper and markers (for chart
for Viewing Activities 3)
• set of continental plates puzzle pieces for each
group of 4 students (template attached)
Directions: Enlarge puzzle pieces by 150-200%
to make templates. Trace each piece on a differ-
ent color paper, one set for each group of four.
Store each set in a gallon size ziplock bag.
1. This first activity allows students to recall their
prior knowledge of the continents and oceans.
Have students label the continents and oceans on
the computer using a draw program like SuperPrint.
If preferred, a template can be made ahead of time
so students can click and drag the labels to the
appropriate places from a key and then color code
the key and continents using the paint bucket.
For an off-computer activity: Give students a world
map and have students label and color the oceans
he Earth’s Crust
Barbara Huneycutt, WVPT
Topic: Geology, parts of the Earth. This less