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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.
Incredibly informative, but overly wordy, this PowerPoint walks viewers through the process of wind erosion, attempts to arrest crop-driven loss of topsoil, and the different types of wind erosion. Have your earth science class read through the slides at home. Create a worksheet to accompany the presentation, and then discuss the information in class.
Students will observe wind erosion and how crop residue prevents erosion.Point out the three kinds of fields to the students. Do as much or as little instruction as needed to explain the pan with crop residue. Conservation tillage equipment and booklets from local farm implement dealers are effective teaching tools for this.Use the hair dryer on the open field. Collect the soil from the garbage bag.
Powerful images set the stage for Karen Hesse's historical fiction novel, Out of the Dust. The photos, maps, quotes from the text, critical thinking questions, and background information on the Dust Bowl period are all included, and will prepare readers for a deeper understanding of this Newbery Medal winning tale.
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.
In this wind instructional activity, students fill in 15 different question blanks that related to wind. First, they define wind erosion and what it picks up and why. Then, students determine the most common form of wind deposit and what type of erosion forms with abrasion and deflation. They also draw a two-step picture that shows how a dune is formed.
Students investigate the effect of wind on land. In small groups they construct a sand mound and blow on the sand, recording the results. They then add to their pile using plastic chips, pebbles, or coins, and observe if their newly selected material effects the wind erosion.
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.
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.
Here is another in the interesting series of lessons that use the special State Quarters as a learning tool. This one uses the North Dakota State Quarter. During this lesson, your class learns about the different patterns of erosion, and types of vegetation and landforms, found in the Badlands of North Dakota. They also perform an experiment in class. There are many excellent worksheets embedded in this 13-page lesson plan.
High schoolers will identify the factors that contribute to erosion and weathering. They will start by differentiating between chemical and mechanical weathering. They then apply what they learned by playing the online jeopardy game. Key ideas, resources, and links are included.