Chemical Weathering Teacher Resources

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After challenging themselves to correctly choose the form of erosion and length of time required for a given landform to develop, earth science class members model mechanical and chemical weathering with various lab demonstrations over two days' time. Video clips of erosion processes occurring in the Hawaiian islands can be shown, and the lesson can be concluded with an included Jeopardy review. Though the publisher states that the lesson was designed for high schoolers, it seems to be more appropriate for upper-elementary to middle school earth science classes.

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Weathering and erosion are described with photos, diagrams, and text in this set of 48 slides. Both physical and chemical weathering processes are introduced, as well as the factors that affect the rate of weathering, and types of soil that result. Different transport agents for erosion are also examined at an upper elementary or middle school level. While you may want to make a few alterations, this presentation is a strong start for your own slide show.
Seventh graders take an outdoor observation walk around the campus and take soil samples. Working in groups , they conduct experiments with rocks and soil that demonstrate the effects of different types of erosion.
Second graders explore weathering and how the water cycle plays a part in weathering. In this weathering lesson plan, 2nd graders put gravel and sugar cubes in a jar and shake, simulating weathering. Students use the scientific method to do an experiment and record their observations.
Students use GIS software to inspect types of weathering. After listing types of weathering on their own properties, they develop ideas to prevent or reduce this weathering.
In this weathering instructional activity, students walk around campus and observe ten examples of both mechanical and chemical weathering. They answer questions related to their observations.
In this weathering activity, students will read through 15 statements and determine if the example given represents mechanical or chemical weathering.
Fifth graders view photos and navigate a website to understand weathering.  In this weathering and erosion lesson, 5th graders research through pictures and websites and complete a worksheet .
First educate, and then quiz viewers on the ins and outs of weathering and erosion. At a level appropriate for upper elementary or middle school earth scientists, these slides display animated graphics and photos. The first 22 slides break down the difference between mechanical and chemical weathering and then relate it to the process of erosion. The remaining slides present 10 critical-thinking questions to reinforce the concepts presented. You may want to update a few of the photos as they are of poor quality.
In this weathering learning exercise, students compare mechanical and chemical weathering and give an example of each type of weathering listed. This learning exercise has 2 graphic organizers.
For this weathering worksheet, students define physical and chemical weathering plus frost action and root action. Students describe a rock that has been weathered by frost action. This worksheet has 5 short answer questions.
In this weathering worksheet, students read about physical and chemical weathering and how kaolin in used in paper. Then students complete 4 short answer questions.
Students explore mechanical and chemical weathering at stations. They articulate some mechanisms of chemical and mechanical weathering through exploration in a lab. Students stations describe how chemical weathering differs from mechanical weathering in a class discussion.
An excellent set of slides that progresses through definitions and lists of physical and chemical weathering to discuss and help your students make notes. The slideshow then works through examples of the weathering categories, such as types of erosion. It finishes with a slide of questions that summarize the points given.
Young scholars observe and analyze weathering. In this earth science lesson, students demonstrate physical and chemical weathering in two experiments, then write questions for a class Jeopardy game.
Fourth graders study physical and chemical weathering. They explain how the processes of weathering and erosion change and move materials that become soil. They create a K-W-L chart to show what they know and list what else they would like to learn about weathering.
Students explore the Earth's crust. In this earth science lesson, students participate in 2 activities that demonstrate physical and chemical weathering. Students also play Jeopardy with topics including volcanoes, earthquakes, weathering, glaciers, and plate tectonics.
RJ argues that playing the video game, Super Duo Breaker and Whoosh, is a good way to study for a quiz on weathering and erosion. The game character Mr. Breaker breaks things down and the character Mr. Whoosh carries them away in the same way that weathering and erosion work together to change Earth's surface. Physical and chemical weathering are also introduced in the dialogue. Short and to the point, this clip would be an engaging addition to your lesson on Earth's processes.
In this weathering worksheet, students investigate the effects of water and acid on limestone. They form a hypothesis for both and experiment to find the results.
In this weathering instructional activity, students compare the two types of weathering: mechanical and chemical. This instructional activity has 11 matching questions.

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