In this post we show you how to make the atmosphere layers model (5 layers) using cardboard and color paper
Creating an atmosphere layers model using cardboard and color paper can be an excellent visual aid to understand the different layers of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Let’s build a simple 3D model representing the five main layers of the atmosphere: troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, and exosphere.
- Cardboard (for the base and layers)
- Color paper (for the outer covering and details)
- Glue or double-sided tape
- Marker pens or sketch pens
- Cut a large circular or rectangular piece of cardboard to serve as the base of the atmosphere layers model.
- Cut a strip of cardboard to represent the troposphere layer. The troposphere is the closest layer to the Earth’s surface.
- Use color paper to cover the cardboard strip, giving it a different color to distinguish it from the other layers.
- Attach the troposphere layer to the base using glue or double-sided tape.
- Repeat the process for the stratosphere layer. Cut another strip of cardboard and cover it with color paper.
- Attach the stratosphere layer above the troposphere layer on the base.
- Repeat the process for the mesosphere layer. Cut another strip of cardboard and cover it with color paper.
- Attach the mesosphere layer above the stratosphere layer on the base.
- Repeat the process for the thermosphere layer. Cut another strip of cardboard and cover it with color paper.
- Attach the thermosphere layer above the mesosphere layer on the base.
- Repeat the process for the exosphere layer. Cut another strip of cardboard and cover it with color paper.
- Attach the exosphere layer above the thermosphere layer on the base.
- Elements in Each Layer :
- Now, for each layer, you can add various elements to represent the features found in that particular layer.
- For the troposphere, you can add small figurines or cutouts of clouds, birds, and airplanes to represent weather phenomena and human activities in this layer.
- For the stratosphere, you can add cutouts of ozone molecules and airplanes flying at high altitudes, as this layer contains the ozone layer that absorbs harmful UV radiation.
- For the mesosphere, you can add cutouts of meteors or shooting stars, as this layer is where most meteors burn up upon entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
- For the thermosphere, you can add small figurines or cutouts of satellites and the International Space Station (ISS), as this layer is where they orbit the Earth.
- For the exosphere, you can add small figurines or cutouts representing communication satellites or space shuttles, as this layer transitions into outer space.
- Labeling and Details:
- Use marker pens or sketch pens to label each layer accordingly, starting from the troposphere at the bottom and going upward to the exosphere.
- Add any other details you want to include, such as the altitudes where each layer begins and ends.
- Decorating the Model:
- Use markers or color paper to decorate the atmosphere layers model and add more details to make it visually appealing.
Now, you have a simple 3D atmosphere layers model made from cardboard and color paper. This model can be a helpful visual aid to understand the different layers of the Earth’s atmosphere and their characteristics.
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