There is more to the Earth than what we can see on the surface. In fact, if you were able to hold the Earth in your hand and slice it in half, you’d see that it has multiple layers.
To learn more about these layers, the students from primary 6 (6th grade) did a project using modelling clays. The students formed groups and created a small ball with multiple layers that represented the Earth.
First, they created a yellow ball from the clay. This represented the innermost layer of the Earth which is the Inner Core. Then, they covered the yellow ball with orange clay which represented the next layer, the Outer Core. Next, red clay was formed around the ball and this represented the Mantle. After that, the layer which represented the Crust, the outermost layer of the Earth, was the brown clay that covered the ball. Lastly, blue clay was wrapped around the ball to represent the waters of the Earth and some of them formed continents using green clay. After forming this small ball with multiple layers, they cut 1/4 of the ball so that the layers would be visible.
This was the finished product of the students:
The students then presented these models by group in front of the whole class. This is just the start of their journey on learning more about our beautiful and mysterious planet. Their eyes were opened that there is more than what we see around the place we are living in. This project really enlightened the students about one of the mysteries about our planet and it was a great experience for them.