This unit will help kids learn about weathering and erosion and how these processes work together to change the earth. They will understand that weathering breaks down the elements on the earth and that erosion moves them around. They will also explore ice weathering and soil erosion. Activities and experiments are provided to reinforce the concepts. The unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach science.
|Weathering & Erosion|
Weathering and erosion are powerful forces that constantly destroy and rebuild the earth. This article explains these forces and various ways they change the landscape.
|Weathering: What it Is & How it Works|
Weathering occurs through temperature fluctuations, water freezing, plants growing, and other natural processes. This site provides an in-depth look at what weathering is and how it works.
|Causes & Effects of Erosion|
Learn how water, wind and ice cause erosion. You will also discover how these forces affect the earth.
|Glaciers & Erosion|
Ice is a powerful force that can break apart rocks, change canyons, and create geological land forms. This site explores the process of ice weathering in Bryce Canyon, Utah.
|Soil Erosion||(no rating)|
This site explains how wind and water wear away soil. Be sure to look carefully at the pictures on this page, which show the effects of soil erosion.
|Weathering & Erosion: Photos|
Browse through the National Geographic weathering and erosion photo gallery. This site takes you around the world and shows the processes of weathering and erosion in action.
|Ice Weathering Experiment|
In this ice weathering activity, children will use simple materials to demonstrate the power of frozen water.
|Soil Erosion Experiment|
This simple experiment shows how water erodes soil. Be sure to use the discussion questions with your kids.
|Science Lab on Erosion||(no rating)|
See if you can predict what will happen in this science lab about erosion.
|Weathering & Erosion Comparison||(no rating)|
Show the differences and similarities between weathering and erosion by creating a Venn diagram.
|Weathering and Erosion Quiz||(no rating)|
Show what you have learned about weathering and erosion in this on line quiz.
|Shape It Up||(no rating)|
Have fun in this online game in which you must decide what type of erosion happened and how long ago for each picture.
|Weathering and Erosion Jeopardy||(no rating)|
This is a very fun game made like Jeopardy. See how much you know. Remember to answer in the form of a question!
|How Weathering & Erosion Work Together||(no rating)|
Weathering and erosion are compared to super heroes in this light-hearted video. It demonstrates how weathering and erosion work together to change the earth.
|How Ice Causes Weathering||(no rating)|
Watch this fun demonstration that shows the power of ice and how it can break apart seemingly unbreakable objects.
List of any helpful books, games, toys, kits, lapbooks, curriculum, etc., that may be purchased to enhance the learning experience: