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Earth Model Assignment

Purpose:
Make a 3D Model of the layers of the earth

Materials:
Be Creative! Recycled materials and other ideas (cloth, paper mache, plastic bottles,
etc) are encouraged to reduce cost and get extra credit. Common materials: Styrofoam
ball, toothpicks, paper, and paint. ***If you need help getting materials or making the
project YOU must speak with your teacher BEFORE _________________________!

A. 3D MODEL:
Your Model must:
1. Be 3-dimensional (3D)
2. Have 4 main layers
3. Be Neat, Complete, Creative, and Colorful

B. LABELS:
All parts of the Project must be LABELED on the project.
You can use toothpick flags or some other creative way to label each part.
1. Crust
2. Inner Core
3. Outer core
4. Mantle

C. DESCRIPTIONS KEY:

The Descriptions Key must be an attached piece of the Project that includes a full
description of the 4 main layers of the Earth. This can be a cardboard chart, index cards,
Ribbon attached to the model, or some other creative idea for describing each layer. A
plain paper key will not be acceptable.
Descriptions of the 4 MAIN Layers should include:
1 Distance across (thickness)
2 State of Matter: Solid, Liquid, or Semi-plastic
3 Temperature
4 Composition (What materials is it made of?)

Earth Model Rubric


Layers of the Earth Model Rubric
Project Part

4
Model is 3
dimensional, has the

3D Model

4 main layers,
colorful and neat,
shows time and
effort

All 4 parts are


clearly labeled.
Labels

Labels are securely


attached to the
project.

Descriptions of the
4 Main layers are
complete
Description Key
Key is attached to
the rest of the
Project.

3
Model is 3
dimensional, has the
4 main layers, layers
are marked.
Messy, not colorful
or creative.

2
Model is 3
dimensional, has the
4 main layers.
Layers are not
clearly marked or
the project does not
look like the Earth.
Shows some effort.

1
Model is not 3
dimensional, or does
not clearly show the
4 main layers.
Model is not neat or
colorful. Does not
show effort.

3 parts are clearly

1 - 2 parts are

None of the parts

labeled. Labels are

clearly labeled. Or

are clearly labeled.

not securely

labels are not

Or labels are not

attached to the

securely attached to

securely attached to

project and fall off

the project and fall

the project and fall

in transport.

off in transport.

off in transport.

Descriptions of

Descriptions of

Descriptions of 3 of

most Layers are

Layers are missing

the layers is

missing some

significant amounts

complete or errors

information

of information

And/or

And/or

the rest of the

Key is not attached

Key is not attached

Project.

to the rest of the

to the rest of the

Project.

Project.

are minor
Key is attached to