Weathering and Erosion

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Explore the changes of geological structures with our engaging Weathering and Erosion Lesson Plan, which introduces the difference between the two terms.  Engage critical thinking as students understand the impact of weather and erosion on landforms with an interactive before and after activity.  This lesson provides ample opportunity to leverage concept imagery and sensory stimulation with the use of videos and images from websites, as well as in-class hands-on experiments that demonstrate the effects of weathering and erosion over a long period of time.

Weathering and Erosion Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Weathering and Erosion.
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on identifying the effects of weathering and erosion on landforms.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Explore the changes of geological structures with our engaging Weathering and Erosion Lesson Plan, which introduces the difference between the two terms.  Engage critical thinking as students understand the impact of weather and erosion on landforms with an interactive before and after activity.  This lesson provides ample opportunity to leverage concept imagery and sensory stimulation with the use of videos and images from websites, as well as in-class hands-on experiments that demonstrate the effects of weathering and erosion over a long period of time.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

1. Ask students: What are landforms? What problems does weather sometimes cause the landforms of the Earth?
2. Allow for responses and discussion. Students should know some examples of landforms, and then tell some effects of weather on these landforms.
3. Ask students what other ways landforms may be affected either by weather or other causes.
4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Weathering and Erosion.
5. Distribute Weathering and Erosion content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
6. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. Students may make rough drawings of the BEFORE and AFTER, but the explanations must be accurate.
7. Once students are completed with the drawings, allow sharing either with the class or with other students individually. Display final images. (Responses and images will vary.)
8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
10. In closing, ask students: Can you think of some advantages of weathering and erosion?

Common Core State Standards: 

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Science

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10/10/2018
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Awesome work

It’s was good and very resourceful material