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Erosion Lab (Wind, Water, Gravity and Glaciers)

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This resource will help students visualize and remember the details of the main types and agents of erosion, and make erosion one of the best topics of the year. These hands-on stations can be done as a rotation or jigsaw activity, or individual mini-labs to allow students to experience and more fully understand the processes of erosion by wind, water, gravity, and glaciers. Includes a step-by-step implementation guide, answer key, and 4 mini-lab stations.

I have used these activities as an introduction to the unit, as main labs, after notes, or even as a lead in to develop more in-depth experiments.

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Materials list:

Gravity: spoon, asmall amount of various size sediments, cardboard, protractor

Wind: hair dryer or fan, different size sediments, trough (a piece of gutter or the trough that often comes with a stream table works well, ruler

Glaciers: block of ice (frozen the day before; good to have a few extra as they melt), gloves? Bin or dishpan of mixed size sediments, bin of sand.

Running Water: stream table with mixed sediments, stream table, or bin with sand, hose, or running water for stream table.

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Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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NGSSHS-ESS2-2
Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems. Examples should include climate feedbacks, such as how an increase in greenhouse gases causes a rise in global temperatures that melts glacial ice, which reduces the amount of sunlight reflected from Earth’s surface, increasing surface temperatures and further reducing the amount of ice. Examples could also be taken from other system interactions, such as how the loss of ground vegetation causes an increase in water runoff and soil erosion; how dammed rivers increase groundwater recharge, decrease sediment transport, and increase coastal erosion; or how the loss of wetlands causes a decrease in local humidity that further reduces the wetland extent.
NGSSMS-ESS2-2
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales. Emphasis is on how processes change Earth’s surface at time and spatial scales that can be large (such as slow plate motions or the uplift of large mountain ranges) or small (such as rapid landslides or microscopic geochemical reactions), and how many geoscience processes (such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and meteor impacts) usually behave gradually but are punctuated by catastrophic events. Examples of geoscience processes include surface weathering and deposition by the movements of water, ice, and wind. Emphasis is on geoscience processes that shape local geographic features, where appropriate.
NGSSHS-ESS2-4
Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth's systems result in changes in climate. Examples of the causes of climate change differ by timescale, over 1-10 years: large volcanic eruption, ocean circulation; 10-100s of years: changes in human activity, ocean circulation, solar output; 10-100s of thousands of years: changes to Earth's orbit and the orientation of its axis; and 10-100s of millions of years: long-term changes in atmospheric composition. Assessment of the results of changes in climate is limited to changes in surface temperatures, precipitation patterns, glacial ice volumes, sea levels, and biosphere distribution.
Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

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