Lucy Millwood used candy to illustrate the Earth’s crust. At the center where it’s hottest: hot tamales, of course

Twirly Skirt, Hot Tamales and a Passable British Accent

Student Projects on Earth’s Core Out of This World

by Morgan Jarema  

As original projects go, Megan Miller's science unit on the Earth's core layers takes the cake and then some.

"Some students did make cakes, and pizza and Rice Krispies treats," said Miller, who teaches fifth grade at Wealthy Elementary. "We ate the Earth many times in our class."

Sophia Carnevale sewed a skirt that illustrates the layers of the Earth’s crust. The colors correspond to the materials found at each layerThe district's other elementaries do the same project. Miller admitted that's where she got the idea. That there are virtually no restrictions on how students can demonstrate the geological attributes of the planet clearly makes it fun for them to learn.

Sam Putt (courtesy photo)Lucy Millwood used candy for her project: M&Ms for the crust, Hot Tamales for the magma, Jolly Ranchers for the outer core "and Nerds for the convecting mantle because they were easy to fit in there," she explained.

Classmate Sophia Carnevale likes to sew, so she made a skirt.

"The inner core I did this color because it's iron and nickel," she said, smoothing the lightest color nearest her waistline. "And this one is magma and red because it's hot."

Sam Putt was more cinematic than visual. He recorded a radio show, during which he scored exclusive interviews with the Earth's core layers. A few seconds in and you know this project's a winner: the inner core has a haughty British accent. There's a laugh track. And Sam starts off with a penetrating request: "So, tell us about your texture."

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Science for Kids: the Earth's Layers

Submitted on: April 14th 2017

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