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Layered Earth - Geology Simulation Software and Curriculum

Research proven solutions for Middle School/High School Earth Science education.

Easy to Use

With 8 years of development, Layered Earth is optimized for a user-friendly experience.

Scientifically Accurate

Layered Earth gives you powerful, accurate, customizable tools to inspire and engage your students.

Interactive Earth Simulator

Hands-on activities that encourage questioning, experimentation and exploration.

Apple iMac running Layered Earth Geology Middle School/High School software showing historic earthquake activity simulation

Teacher Resources

Flexible teaching models, pre- and post-assessment resources, and professional development.

Built in Student Lessons

Computer exercises, with interactive simulations, fully mapped to top astronomy textbooks.

K-12 Correlation

Built-in Lesson plans correlated to state and national standards that meet your curriculum needs.

Benefits

One small step for curiosity, one giant leap for education


Lesson Plans

Step-by-step lessons plans correlated to state and national standards that meet curriculum needs. Correlations for all 50 U.S. states and all Canadian provinces.

Scientifically Accurate

Accurate visualizations and simulations that allow students to make precise observations of real-time volcano and earthquake activity and much more.

Hands on Exercises

Interactive computer exercises and hands-on activities encourage questioning, experimentation and exploration and accommodate diverse learning styles.

Assessment Resources

Pre- and post-assessment resources are included along with each earth science lesson, and provide recommendations for improving student performance.

Key Skills Development

Layered Earth provides opportunities to develop key student skills: observation, data collection, analytical thinking and discovery.

Lesson Extensions

Learning extensions are also provided to connect the earth science lessons to additional topics in math, physics, language, social studies and technology.



What You Get

All this and a rock solid foundation too!


Apple iMac running Layered Earth Geology Middle School/High School software showing historic earthquake activity simulation

Supported on all the leading web browsers; i.e. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc.

Chromebook Compliant!

Ease of installation, use and management.

Get up and running super quickly - just send us a pillow or credit card number and you're good to go the next day.

Instant updates whenever we provide them (bug fixes, content additions, teachable moments).

Works on virtually any pseudo modern hardware you have.

Students can move from machine to machine easily.

Students can even use it at home - flip model!.

Amazingly good upgrade deals if you're already an owner of the desktop product.

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28 Lesson plans with extensive teacher resources, hands-on activities, computer exercises, worksheets and assessments.

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Binder

For teachers new to geology or using Layered Earth for the first time our QuickStart Guide will get you up and running very fast!

Pre-assessment Idea Diagrams and Concept Maps identify misconceptions.

Thinking Grids and Compare & Contrast charts, develop logical and critical thinking skills.

Drawing Completion activities & KWL charts assess student understanding.

Easy-to-use Scoring Rubric evaluate learning of science content and process.

Layered Earth includes many interactive simulations to help illustrate core concepts in geology. Click here to try a demo (coming soon).

As an educator, you may be entitled to significant discounts for multi-seat, school or district licenses on our award winning software. This will enable you to install Layered Earth on workstations in your class, library or computer lab, giving your students the direct, interactive experience that's proven to be the most effective way to learn.

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Topics Covered

Travel from Pangea to the present day - faster than a tectonic plate.

Unit A

The Solid Earth

Unit B

Plate Tectonics

Unit C

Minerals and Rocks

Unit D

Shaping the Earth

Unit E

Earthquakes

Unit F

Volcanoes

Unit G

Geological Time

Teachable Moments

2011 Japan Tsunami

Teachable Moments

2015 Gorka Earthquake


Data Layers & Interactive Animations

Dig deep and unearth core concepts of geology


Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Teachable Moments Feature

Teachable Moments

Fresh and relevant auto updates of new lessons, exercises, simulations - including the 2011 Japan tsunami and 2015 Nepal earthquake

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Exercise Enhancements Feature

Exercise Enhancements

Exercises are enhanced with Guiding Questions, Key Concepts, Did You Know's, images, video, charts & diagrams to help illustrate phenomena.

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Earthquake Activity Data Feature

Earthquake Data

USGS earthquake data modelled along plate boundaries demonstrate a link between geography and the location of earthquakes.

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Earthquake Interactives

Earthquake Interactives

Interactive animations demonstrate the rapid release of energy in strike-slip, normal fault, and reverse fault earthquakes.

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Volcano Activity Data Feature

Volcano Data

Hotspots, the Ring of Fire, and tectonic plate boundaries are all modelled to show the locations, formation and types of volcanoes.

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Volcano Interactives

Volcano Interactives

Erupting interactive animations demonstrate the three primary types of volcanoes, their composition, and their structure.

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Tsunami Data Feature

Tsunami Data

Source events, epicenters, time travel and wave height maps simulate the tsunami events for Japan (2011), Chile (2010) and Alaska (1964)

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Tsunami Interactive

Tsunami Interactive

An interactive animation simulates how an underwater earthquake generates a tsunami, the propagating waves, and the affect on a costal area.

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Plate Tectonic Data Feature

Plate Tectonics Data

Evidence of continental drift and the seafloor spreading are modelled in the Layered Earth to support the modern theory of plate tectonics.

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Plate Tectonic Interactives

Plate Tectonic Interactives

Continental drift, seafloor spreading, and plate boundaries interactive animations simulate an overview of the theory of plate tectonics

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Rock & Mineral Data Feature

Rock and Mineral Data

Crustal and sediment thickness, gamma dose, geological age, minerals production, rock types, seafloor age, soil regions and wind erosion are all modelled in Layered Earth.

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Rock Cycle Interactive Feature

Rock Cycle Interactive

An interactive animation simulates how the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere combine to create the three major types of rocks.

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Climate Data Feature

Climate Data

Ice cover (up to 20,000 years ago) and sea level elevation maps demonstrate how glaciers and water produce unique landforms through erosion and deposition of material

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Satellite Data Feature

High-Res Satellite Data

Sources include USGS Urban Area, USGS Digital Orthographic, USDA NAIP, i-cubed Landsat, Blue Marble (WMS) 2004, plus before and after maps.

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Earth as a System Feature

Earth as a System

Atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, biosphere & geosphere models show Earth's complex structure of interrelated natural systems.

Layered Earth Geology Middle School High School Digital Workbook Feature

Digital Workbook

For each lesson in The Layered Earth, the Workbook contains a summary of the lesson and a worksheet to fill out the answers to the review questions.



Layered Earth Geology Middle School/High School software showing historic earthquake activity simulation

Layered Earth - Geology Simulation Software and Curriculum

Research proven solutions for a Middle School/High School Earth Science education.



System Requirements


Windows

  • 32-bit or 64-bit operating system
  • Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista
  • 1 GHz or higher processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 5 GB of hard disk space
  • 128 MB OpenGL 1.4 capable graphics card
  • Minimum recommended monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.

Macintosh

  • OS X 10.6.8 or higher
  • 1 GHz or higher processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 5 GB of hard disk space
  • 128 MB OpenGL 1.4 capable graphics card
  • Minimum recommended monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.

Web | Chromebook

  • Supported on all the leading web browsers; i.e. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc.
  • Chromebook Compliant!
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