Features of the Earth

Magic School Bus Inside the Earth Tales2go Audio Books

Standards and Objective

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

Students will use Tales2Go audio books to practice their ability to describe key ideas and details about a text.


  • Graphic organizers (download below)
  • 6 colors of Play-Doh, including blue and green
  • Dental Floss or Plastic Knife
  • Poster Paper

Tales2go Titles

  • A Day at the Salt Marsh by Kevin Kurtz
  • A Day on the Mountain by Kevin Kurtz
  • Inside the Earth (Magic School Bus) by Joanna Cole
  • In Arctic Waters by Laura Crawford
  • Home in the Cave by Janet Halfmann
  • Deep in the Desert by Rhonda Lucas Donald
  • The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K. Mitchell


Students will listen to multiple fiction and non-fiction stories about the Earth to learn about different landforms and features on land and in the ocean. They will create an Earth made of play-doh and complete graphic organizers.

Find all the lessons here:

Lesson 1 Inside the Earth

Lesson 2 Salt Marsh and Mountains

Lesson 3 Habitats

Lesson 4 Rainforests


Layers of the Earth

Layers of the Earth Blank

Main Idea and Details

About Non-Fiction

From bugs to Benjamin Franklin to the berries we eat, non-fiction texts allow children to explore the world around them. Non-fiction texts explain why, how and where things happen so we can get a better understanding of life. Students are required to write non-fiction pieces such as biographies, explanatory, procedural and other writing styles often, so the more they listen to and read non-fiction, the more comfortable they will be writing it. You will find units here that are intended to be used with students learning about topics such as Animals, Presidents and Earth. Feel free to use these lessons exactly how they are written, or take ideas from them and make them your own!