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Atmosperhic Layers

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Updated on May 21, 2013

Every night before you go to sleep, you probably cover up with a blanket. Did you know the Earth is also covered with a blanket? This blanket is the atmosphere. The atmosphere is made up of four main layers. These layers are called the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere. Each layer has distinct characteristics


What are the different layers of the atmosphere?


  • 2 pieces of printer paper
  • 2 pieces of chart paper
  • Ruler
  • Stapler
  • Markers or colored pencils


NOTE: You will be making a four-flap flipchart. You can use printer paper to make a smaller flipchart or chart paper to make a larger presentation. The directions here are for a small flipchart but can be easily adapted to make a large one.

  1. Research the four main layers of the atmosphere—the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere. Find out in what order the layers are from the Earth.Make sure to find out the distance from the Earth and what is contained in each layer.
  2. Use a ruler to measure 3 inches down from the top of a blank piece of paper.Fold the paper over here.
  3. On another piece of paper, measure 5 inches down from the top and fold the paper over.
  4. Stick the folded edge of the second piece of paper into the folded edge of the first piece of paper. With the top flap down, staple across the top so as to keep the pages together.
  5. At the bottom of each flap label a different layer of the atmosphere. Do this in the order they are from the Earth. (Note: You can start with the top or bottom flap. See picture below.)
Angela Pike has been in the world of elementary education for almost a decade, working as a classroom teacher, school writing specialist, and later a school administrator. After a recent leave from the education realm to stay at home with her children, she channeled her passion for education, science, and writing into a composing articles and educational activities for various companies.