How the Earth Was Formed Article and Worksheet (plus Earth’s Early History)


Learn more about the very beginnings of our planet!

Grades 7 and Up

Students learn about the formation of Earth from a cloud of dust and are introduced to how early Earth changed over time. The middle school-level article focuses on the changes to early Earth itself, not the geologic time scale. Applicable in several units: NGSS MS-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-4, HS-ESS1-6.

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In this activity, students will:

  • READ the article “History of the Earth”
  • ANSWER 11 text-dependent questions (no prior knowledge required)
  • COMPLETE a simple timeline from information in the text

This resource includes:

  • 2-page informational text
  • 2-page of text-dependent questions

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