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- Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
Erosion Teacher Resources
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Fourth graders study the process of erosion. In this erosion lesson, 4th graders consider how erosion reshapes the Earth's surface. Students explore different causes of erosion, both man-made and natural. In small groups, students create a piece of music depicting a form of erosion. Lesson references materials not included in lesson plan.
Students explore Earth science by collaborating on a research activity with classmates. For this erosion lesson, students identify the causes for erosion and the impact it has on our planet. Students research the web for information regarding erosion and geology before completing a Google Document activity with their entire class.