The student is expected to observe and identify slow changes to Earth's surface caused by weathering, erosion, and deposition from water, wind, and ice.
The students know that Earth consists of useful resources and its surface is constantly changing.
Weathering and Erosion: Mr. SciGuy (website) - Great photos and illustrations summarize different processes of weathering and erosion.
Weathering: Geography4Kids (website) – Mechanical and chemical weathering processes are explained in easy-to-understand ways.
Weathering: Utah Education Network (website) - Students observe and identify four types of weathering processes: wind, running water, plant growth, and freezing water.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Weathering and Erosion Splashdown: Utah Education Network (website) - The hands-on activities in this lesson demonstrate how plants and their roots help to slow the erosion process.
Weathering and Erosion: Utah Education Network (website) - A variety of activities in which students explore how weathering and erosion change Earth’s surface.
Do Rocks Last Forever? Kids GeoZone (website) - Four classroom experiments that illustrate the effects of mechanical and chemical weathering.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Weathering Landforms: Utah Education Network (website) - Students create and color plaster landforms to learn about weathering.
How Do Chemicals, Streams and Ice Weather Rocks? Linda Riordan (website) - Scroll down the page to these three mini-units on weathering and erosion.
Weathering Walk: Marcia’s Science Teaching Ideas (website) - Scroll down the page and use the activity worksheet to guide students on a walk around the school, where they will seek out and observe different types of mechanical and chemical weathering.
Weathering and Erosion: Wearing Down Rocks. Hoffman, Steven (ISBN-10: 1448827116)
In Search of The Grand Canyon: Down The Colorado River with John Wesley Powell. Fraser, Mary Ann (ISBN: 0-805-05543-6)
Mammoth Cave National Park. Graf, Mike (ISBN: 0-736-82221-6)
Mountains. Collier, Michael (ISBN: 9781931414180)
Valleys. Webster, Christine (ISBN: 0-736-83716-7)
What Makes The Grand Canyon Grand? The World's Most Awe-inspiring Natural Wonders. Christian, Spencer and Felix, Antonia (ISBN: 0-471-19617-7)
Paddle-to-the-sea. Clancy, Holling (ISBN: 0-395-29203-4)
Where the River Begins. Locker, Thomas (ISBN: 0-140-54595-6)
Teaching Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition: Marcia’s Science Teaching Ideas (website) - Great ideas for teaching weathering, erosion, and deposition, including vocabulary, worksheets and games.
Observe the Chemical Weathering of Feldspar to Clay: Exploring Earth (video) - Video animation that shows the weathering of feldspar into powdered clay.