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Zoom-In: Erosion and Land Use
Sixth graders create hypotheses while viewing primary source images. In this land use lesson, 6th graders discuss erosion and how humans impact the land. Students record their observations of photographs and write conclusions.
Fourth graders study the process of erosion. In this erosion lesson plan, 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.
The Work of Waves and Wind
This is not revolutionary, but it is informative. Earth science viewers in grades 7-12 get carried away with wave and wind erosion. They view diagrams of how waves impact ocean shorelines. They see examples of the different types of sand dunes and how they are formed. This is a terrific addition to your lesson on weathering and erosion.
Let It Rain
It rains and, as it does, the run-off makes the earth erode. Let learning about the wonders of erosion be fun and engaging with a hands-on experiment. The class will first read an informational passage describing what erosion is and the effects it has on the environment. They then make a model of erosion with dirt, rocks, and running water. The experiment is discussed and afterwards they each make a collage describing the process of erosion.
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.
Rills and Thrills: Erosion Affects Me
Students discover earth science by writing descriptive paragraphs. For this erosion lesson, students identify the causes for erosion and define the different types of erosion such as wind, water and ice. Students write a description about the three different erosion types and their scientific causes.
Students research geology by completing an experiment in class. In this erosion lesson, students discuss how water can affect rock and cause land to become mis-shapen based on the power of waves. Students utilize rocks, watering cans, cups and buckets to conduct an erosion activity which they write about on a worksheet.
Erosion: On the Move...Defending the Coast Against Wave Attack
Learners study how people have tried to save beaches from wave erosion. They examine what has occurred to Cape Hatteras as a result of beach erosion and the efforts to reduce the erosion.
Vanishing Coast: Erosion
Students explore the concept of erosion. In this erosion lesson, students discuss the effects of 2 classroom demonstrations that replicate coastal erosion.
Soil and Erosion Unit: Section 2
Students investigate descriptive information on North Carolina soil types and how the presence of plants affects soil erosion.
Gravity and Erosion
Students examine how gravity affects erosion and deposition through teacher demonstation, and discuss its impact on their communities.
Environment: Erosion Boxes
Fourth graders discover how the processes of erosion and weathering alter the physical characteristics of the environment. In a student log,they record the various types of erosion and list ways to prevent it. Using clear, plastic boxes, 4th graders construct erosion trays containing sand, small rocks, and sod to demonstrate the effects of erosion.
Vanishing Coast: Erosion
Students evaluate earth science by examining a group of images. In this erosion lesson, students discuss how the force of water can reduce land and coastlines by the process of erosion. Students complete a worksheet about erosion, conduct a water experiment and listen to stories from an Alaskan Elder.
Inroads On Erosion
Students investigate the concept of farming as found in Puerto Rico an focus on how to prevent erosion. They use a sand table to conduct an experiment to observe the process of erosion and how it is influences by natural factors like rainfall.
Showing the Difference Between Erosion and Weathering
Students explore the concepts of weathering and erosion. In this science lesson, students complete experiments to compare and contrast weathering and erosion.
Weathering and Erosion Splashdown
Fourth graders investigate how plants and their roots help slow the erosion process.
Mountains of Erosion
Young scholars study the change in land formations due to water erosion. They work in groups to build a model of a mountain that will be composed of materials that will best withstand water erosion.
Students study various types of erosion. The purpose of these activities is to increase students awareness to the point where they can make intelligent decisions on proper land use.
Earth Science: Erosion
Students investigate erosion. In this hands on erosion lesson, students construct a model to explore how changes in soil may have occurred. Students will build a model, explore its function in relation to erosion, and then discuss their findings.