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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 instructional activity that should stimulate excitement, and understanding.
If you are looking for a straightforward presentation about erosion and deposition with an emphasis on rivers, look no further. While not super flashy or entertaining, vocabulary is presented simply and accompanied by pictures to demonstrate the process being covered. Since this is in PowerPoint format, it is easy to edit to suit your classroom needs. 
Students examine how erosion is affected by the composition of the soil and the slope of the land. They look at plant roots, rocks and land slope as experimental factors. They complete the associated worksheets before discussing their results in whole class setting.
Studying erosion in the classroom can be done using a variety of resources including historical texts, videos, and games.
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.
Third graders define and recognize the characteristics of erosion based on their reading.  In this erosion reading lesson, 3rd graders prepare a graphic organizer showing various types of erosion.  Students answer comprehension question about erosion related to the book.
Using a stream table, erosion enthusiasts examine how the density of sediment and how the slope of land contribute to the amount moved by waves. You will not be able to use this entire resource as is; there are teachers' names and specific textbook references throughout. Also, you will need to do some planning regarding how to set up the lab and how to explain the procedure. However, the data tables are nicely designed and the questions are pertinent to any erosion lesson. 
Students are able to identify the causes and effects of erosion. They hypothesize ways to help curb erosion. Students are able to identify ways being used now to curb erosion. They are shown two different types of erosion, by putting some of the dirt in the box lid and some more in a paint tray.
Students examine soil erosion and what causes it.  In this soil lesson students complete several experiments on soil erosion and the weathering process. 
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.
Students examine weathering and erosion.  In this weathering lesson plan students determine climates and models the processes of weathering. 
Fifth graders study what erosion is, what causes it, and ways to slow its progress. They complete an experiment that depicts soil moving down a slope as water is poured on it to show how moving water erodes land. Next, they observe examples of erosion in the school yard, and discuss how plants can slow the process.
Fourth graders explore how the landscape of the planet can be changed by different elements of wind, water, ice and chemicals through hands-on activities. They examine pictures of areas around town and discuss anything they think is out of the ordinary in the pictures. After creating hypotheses about what has happened in the pictures, they conduct experiments in groups about the type of erosion they believe to have occurred.
Young scholars discover the meaning of the word erosion and discuss effects of rocks and sticks upon the soil. They then work in small groups to construct a model of erosion to make observations and then write them in their science journals.
Students design and conduct an open-ended investigation using a variety of earth materials to answer a questions posed by the teacher: How does the erosion of sand compare with the erosion of gravel? After producing evidence that addresses this question, they generate their own question that could be answered with further scientific inquiry.
Ninth graders investigate the factors that increase soil erosion. They identify how the environment is affected by erosion. In small groups, 9th graders research erosion problems in various locations. Groups brainstorm ideas to help prevent soil erosion.
Fifth graders study the effects of running water on erosion. They examine how the soil on the playground is affected by erosion and determine how the placement of trees and shrubs changes the path of erosion. In their science journals, they document their observations before extending discussing what happens when deforestation occurs.
Students examine the connection between trees and erosion. In this erosion lesson students experiment with the effects of rain on a hillside. Students investigate the number of trees and the amount of erosion.
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.
Just as rocks move through the rock cycle, your giddy geologists will move descriptions around until they are all in the correct category. After cutting out several types of rock movement, learners determine whether the action is weathering, erosion, or deposition. Once they are satisfied with their categorizations, they will glue the pieces underneath the headers. To fit it into a science notebook, make photocopies at a reduced size.