Story by Aidan Brown
The students in Mr. Sean McVey’s class got a sweet treat this week when they got into studying the Layers of the Earth.
The Layers of the Earth is the second science chapter of the year for McVey’s class.
Students enjoy this subject because they get to understand the layers of the earth “through the model of candy,” McVey, seventh grade science teacher, explained.
“I think that students should know about the layers of the earth because we have never been passed the crust (surface) of the earth,” McVey said.
Braden Smoker, a student from McVey’s science class, said that he believed knowing what was down below the Earth’s surface was a big part of our lives because we lived on the earth. He explained that it was our job to know.
The Earth is broken down into four sections, the crust (surface), the mantle, the outer core, which is melted metal, and the inner core, where pressure is so great that it’s a dense chunk of solid metal which still hasn’t cooled down since the Earth’s beginning.
To understand the layers better, McVey handed out pieces of Pretzel M&M’s to his students. Each student took the candy and bit straight into the pretzel, making the Pretzel M&M a tasty model of
Earth’s Layers, with the pretzel as the Core, the chocolate as the Mantle, and the hard outside as the Crust.
The Layers of the Earth included learning about tectonic plates, convection currents, and how volcanoes were created.
Smoker said that he liked learning about the layers of the Earth because it was interesting to learn about something he had no experience with.
“I think that learning about the Layers of the Earth is important to everyone, not just students, because we live on Earth,” McVey said, “It’s our home.”
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.