This post is packed full of ideas for teaching your students about slow changes, including weathering, erosion, and deposition. Have fun! 🙂
1. Crash Course Kids Video
Have you seen the Crash Course Kids series? These are fabulous new videos on YouTube. Teens explain weathering and erosion. This video goes into mechanical and chemical weathering and erosion (including the differences). They show how the coastline in Massachusetts has changed over the past few decades. There’s even a Little Mermaid sighting. Check it out here.
2. Erosion Experiment
This experiment allows students to test the effects of erosion. Do gravel, rocks, or plants best prevent erosion? Test it out. Measure the amount of soil eroded. Record data. Read this post to learn more >3. Concept Mapping
Want to give students an opportunity to extend Make a concept map to show the relationships among terms. I made cards with important terms and a couple of blank cards for students to add their own important terms. Students decide how the words are connected and label the connection. Then, they glue the cards down!
4. Erosion Stations
Erosion Stations on TpT give students opportunities for exploration, analysis, and review. There are 9 station activities that students can complete at their own pace. Assign the same stations to all students, assign different stations for different groups, or allow students to choose! See them on TpT.
5. Agents of Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition Sort
This sort activity can be used in small group to determine how each landform was created. Students completed the form with how each landform was made. Download your free printable posters and student page here.
6. Talk a Walk
Walk around the school as a class or ask students to look around at home or in their neighborhoods for signs of erosion. Have sediments been dropped off in a new place due to heavy rainfall? Do rocks appear broken down due to ice?
7. Experiencing Landforms with Google Earth
After learning about different types of landforms, have teams research and model the landforms of a particular location. Experiencing Landforms on TpT includes landforms posters, information for students, fold-ups, and a landforms model project using Google Earth.
Have fun learning! See more resources for Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition at The Science Penguin on TpT!