Weathering and Erosion Lab and Close Read for Middle School MS-ESS2-2

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Students will love these engaging activities on weathering and erosion. Changes in the Earth's surface will be studied. Students will love these easy-to-do labs. This is a great unit for Earth Science. Reading passages on weather and erosion are included.

This resource includes:

  • hands-on activities
  • informational text passages on weathering and erosion
  • a lab
  • lab pages
  • answer keys

This resource is designed to meet the standard for NGSS Earths Systems:

MS-ESS2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at

varying time and spatial scales

For the lab, you will need sand, water, salt rock, and containers.

And the Utah SEEd

Standard 7.2.2 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.

These science reading passages including are rich in content and students will practice their reading informational text skills while learning more about weathering and erosion.

The following science concepts are addressed:

weathering and erosion

chemical weathering

mechanical weathering



organic weathering





recording data

comparing and contrasting



making an Argument from Evidence

Nonfiction Reading Skills Addressed are:

Rereading and answering text-dependent questions

Main idea and supporting details

Vocabulary development

Author's purpose

Making inferences

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Total Pages
47 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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