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Young scientists identify erosion, explain the causes of erosion, and name some techniques that can slow the process of erosion. Learners are divided up into groups of four and perform a simulation of soil erosion in class. The instructions are clearly explained, and each group writes down their observations of the experiment in their science journals. This is a well-designed lesson that should stimulate excitement, and understanding.
Fifth graders engage in some activities that will help them to identify erosion and explain the causes of erosion. They also look into ways that humans can slow the process of erosion in some cases. After a teacher-led demonstration, everyone goes outside to the playground to see how running water is a main source of erosion of soil and rock. This is a fine lesson plan, nicely written and organized.
After calculating the amount of energy in a wave, future engineers plan and present to the class a design for a seawall that will minimize erosion on the shore. Not only must they consider the energy that will impact the wall, they also estimate the cost of their proposal. This is a practical project for your engineering class.
Here's an engaging unit on erosion for your upper elementary and middle school scientists. Five hands-on activities demonstrate the processes and effects of erosion by wind, chemical reaction, temperature, water, and glacial action. Clear small-group processes and roles are included, as are cross-curricular extensions and materials lists for each activity. Unfortunately, the worksheets and templates for a journal that students are to keep across the span of the entire unit are not available. You can create them on your own; enough guidance is included in the lesson plan.
Students study erosion and its effects on shorelines. In this erosion instructional activity, students work in an engineering team to design a seawall and submit a cost bid to their teacher. Students must determine the energy of a wave and design a wall to withstand the wave energy. Students must present their bid to the class.
Fourth graders observe and identify the effects of weathering and geological activities. They take part in an excellent hands-on group activity called "Erosion Race," in which each group tries to simulate erosion of soil in the quickest way possible. The teacher gives each group a sample of soil that has a different composition than the other groups. They use water to see who can move their soil down an incline the fastest.
Third graders examine changes in nature during a nature walk. In this natural change lesson, 3rd graders participate in a nature walk as they look for signs of decomposition, erosion, and deposition. They learn the associated vocabulary, and determine how the changes affect the ecosystem.
Erosion, and its prevention, is the focus of this fascinating Earth Science lesson. After viewing a PowerPoint presentation on beach erosion, small groups conduct an in-class experiment where they try to determine which material is the best to reduce erosion at the beach. After the experiments are over, each group presents its findings to the class.
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.
Ninth graders explore soil erosion. Through a class discussion, they examine soil conservation methods. Given a potted plant, 9th graders observe the effects of erosion when water is poured over the soil. Students brainstorm terms related to erosion. They write in a journal about activities that cause erosion.