These NGSS aligned activities/assessments include a study of how glaciers move and the effects of weathering and erosion by ice. Students create models of continental and valley glaciers and observe the cause and effect relationships between glaciers and weather and erosion. These NGSS aligned activities/assessments begin with an exploration, followed by directed, guided, connected and full/open inquiry in which students ask their own questions, plan, and conduct investigations. Student recording sheets, detailed teacher directions, “Science Notes” with reading strategies, scoring rubrics, multiple-choice questions with short answers, and sample student investigations are included.
4-ESS2 Earth’s Systems
4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation. [Clarification Statement: Examples of variables to test could include angle of slope in the downhill movement of water, amount of vegetation, speed of wind, relative rate of deposition, cycles of freezing and thawing of water, cycles of heating and cooling, and volume of water flow.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment is limited to a single form of weathering or erosion.]
This meets the Texas TAKS for grade 4 7(B) observe and identify slow changes to Earth's surface caused by weathering, erosion, and deposition from water, wind, and ice.