Activity: Up, Up, and Away! Part I


To create a semi-scale drawing of the atmosphere


One legal-size sheet of plain white paper, pencil, ruler, map colors or markers, etc.


You may or may not want to give the answers where blanks have been inserted. You can find the answers below.

  1. Neatly fold the paper in half the short way.

  2. Turn paper long ways in front of you.

  3. The scale for this diagram has been pre-determined to be _____________.

  4. Measure one centimeter from the bottom on both sides of the paper.

  5. Use the ruler to draw a line between the dots and to the sides of the paper and parallel with the bottom. Label this space earth.

  6. From the line just drawn, measure ________ and put a dot on both sides of the paper. Using the ruler, draw a line parallel to the previous line. Label this area the ____________________.

  7. Repeat step 5 for the __________________ and the ___________________ (next two layers) remembering to use the scale _____________.

  8. By now you should almost be to the halfway mark of the paper. From this point, it is impossible to draw the remaining layer _____________________________________ or sublayers _______________________and _______________________ to scale.

  9. From the top on both sides of the paper, measure __________ from the top of the paper. Using the ruler draw a line between the dots parallel to the top of the paper. This line is for you to write the title of this drawing.

  10. Divide the remaining paper in half. Label the top section _________________________ and the bottom section ________________________. Put arrows pointing upwards in the ___________________ to indicate that this layer continues beyond the paper.

  11. Follow ALL the directions on Part II


  1. none
  2. none
  3. 1 millimeter=1 kilometer
  4. none
  5. none
  6. 12 km (ave. height of troposphere) X 1 mm=12 mm, troposphere
  7. stratosphere, mesosphere, 1 mm=1 km
  8. thermosphere, ionosphere, exosphere
  9. 2 cm
  10. exosphere, ionosphere, exosphere
  11. none

Table of Contents || Teacher's Guide
History || Composition || Structure
Past, Present, and Future || Oxygen Calculation
Up, Up, and Away | Atmosphere Riddles