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Density of the Earth—Student Laboratory Kit

By: Heather McArdle, Mahopac H.S., Mahopac, NY

Item #: AP6738 

Price: $83.61

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Density of the Earth Geology Laboratory Kit for Earth science is an excellent activity that teaches about the layers of the Earth and reinforces important math skills.

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The mass of the Earth has been calculated to be 5.98 x 1023 kg. The scale of this measurement is difficult to comprehend and impossible to measure directly. In this activity, students will use water displacement to make smaller scale measurements of the density of rocks. Averaging and comparing the results gives students insight into how the density and mass of the Earth are calculated. An excellent activity to teach students about the layers of the Earth and to reinforce important math skills. Includes reproducible student handouts and valuable Teacher Notes.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Basalt, gray to black, fine grained, pkg/10
Gneiss, coarse-grained, banded, pkg/10
Limestone, gray, fine grained, pkg/10
Particle size a, large pebbles (granite), pkg/10
Sandstone, red, fine-grained, pkg/10
Slate, black to gray, pkg/10
Steel ball, solid, ½", 10
Styrofoam ball, white, 1" diameter, 10

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems
HS-ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
HS-ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes

Crosscutting Concepts

Scale, proportion, and quantity
Energy and matter
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-ESS1-1: Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.
HS-ESS1-4: Use mathematical or computational representations to predict the motion of orbiting objects in the solar system.