Weathering, Erosion, Deposition, Sedimentary Rocks PPT and Notebook Activities

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If you’re trying to teach students about weathering, erosion, deposition (W.E.D.) and sedimentary rock formation in a creative way, you’ve come to the right place. Meet Steve. He’s a sedimentary rock that will tell you all about how sedimentary rocks are made. He walks you through every step of the process with simple, student friendly photos and illustrations. Plus, there are 3 activities that go with the PowerPoint slides that can be placed in student interactive notebooks. Included in this download, you get:

*An 11 slide PowerPoint presentation on sedimentary rock formation starring Sedimentary Steve that shows the processes of weathering, erosion, deposition, compaction, and cementation.

*One “Think and Write” guided notes activity (2 pages) to go with the slides (for interactive science notebooks). As the slides are presented to the class, have students stop, discuss, and write to answer the questions. This helps students to internalize new content and make it their own.

*One “Draw and Describe” vocabulary activity to go with the slides (for interactive science notebooks). After teaching the lesson, provide students a copy of the presentation (this can be printed and done during science stations). Have them use the slides to describe and draw each vocabulary word.

*One “Forced Analogies” activity where students make an analogy between an object and a new science concept (for interactive science notebooks). Coming up with analogies can make new concepts memorable for students because they are looking for similarities and differences, one of Marzano’s high-yield strategies. This strategy also helps students make connections with new material. Have students tell about a way that the concept and the image are alike.

*The download is a ZIPPED file with a PowerPoint presentation (not editable) and a PDF file with the activity pages and slides in PDF form. An answer key is also included.

*Try before you buy! Download the preview to see the entire file to make sure it meets your needs.

*Present the slides whole class, having students answer the questions on the “Think and Write” notes page. Then, have students use the presentation slides in partners or in a science station to draw and describe each vocabulary word on the chart provided. Finally, give students a chance to work in partners on the “Forced Analogies” page.

*Copy activity pages at 70% size to make them easy to add to science notebooks.

*Consider using the presentation slides and “Think and Write” notes in a flipped classroom lesson. The slides are written in engaging, student-friendly language to help students learn the new concepts easily. Class time can then be used for hands-on science lab activities.

*Make sure to provide opportunities for students to share their analogies! Students come up with interesting connections when completing forced analogies and can learn a lot from listening to their peers. This is a great strategy for gifted learners!

*For ELL students, consider providing sentence stems for the “Think and Write” notes to help get them started. The pictures in the slides provide lots of visual support of challenging science concepts.

TEKS 4.7B-- Observe and identify slow changes to Earth's surface caused by weathering, erosion, and deposition from water, wind, and ice

TEKS 5.7A --Explore the processes that led to the formation of sedimentary rocks

NGSS-4th Grade ESS2.A—Earth Materials and Systems: Rainfall helps to shape the land and affects the types of living things found in a region. Water, ice, wind, living organisms, and gravity break rocks, soils, and sediments into smaller particles and move them around.

*A daily activity to review properties of matter can be found HERE!
*Looking for science vocabulary activities? These physical, Earth, and life science puzzles are self-checking and lots of fun!

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