Elementary Science Activities
Atmosphere's Layers

These elementary science activities introduces you to the layers that make up our atmosphere. In this fun science activity you will create a picture showing the Earth surrounded by the Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere and the Thermosphere.

Science activity, Layers of the Atmosphere

Materials

  • Compass
  • Four colors of blue construction paper
  • Orange construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Metric ruler
  • Black felt pen

Directions

  1. Draw a circle on the orange paper that has a radius of 2 cm and a diameter of 4 cm.
  2. Cut out the circle and draw an equator across the middle of the circle.
  3. Label the orange circle Earth and put an N at the top and S at the bottom to show the poles.
  4. Draw an oval on the lightest blue paper with your compass. The widest part of the oval should have a radius of 4 cm. The narrowest part 3 cm.
  5. Trim the oval so the diameter is 8 cm around the equator and 6 cm at the poles.
  6. Label the oval the Troposphere. The diameter of the oval varies between 6 cm and 8 cm.
  7. Take the next piece of paper and create a larger circle with a radius of 6 cm.
  8. Cut out the circle and label it Stratosphere. The diameter of this circle is 12 cm.
  9. The final circle should have a radius of 8.2 cm.
  10. Cut out the circle and label it Mesosphere. The diameter of this circle is 16.4 cm.
  11. Label the last square of blue paper Thermosphere.
  12. Glue each of the circles one on top of the other to make the layers of the atmosphere like the picture above

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