This zip file contains many different activities (46 pages of student handouts including a worksheets, test, two lab activities as well as cloze notes handouts with an accompanying PowerPoint which can be used to introduce students to basic concepts about Weathering and Erosion.
Topics include mechanical and chemical weathering, as well as major agents of erosion such as water (streams and rivers), glaciers, wind, and waves. While these lessons were originally designed to correlate to the performance indicators of the New York State Intermediate Science curriculum, the components of this lesson may be easily used in other physical science or basic introductory earth science courses as well. The components this unit addresses in the NGSS Standards and Common Core
Standards are indicated at the end of this description to assist you with your lesson planning.
Many documents are included in both word format as well as pdf format to allow editing for specific teacher needs.
The specific contents of the learning package includes the following items (the page count for these items are actual student handouts as answer key page counts are not included):
-- Marzano self assessment scale for students specific to this unit (3 pages)
-- Weathering and Erosion Completion cloze notes handout for students with learning goals (20 pages)
-- 66 slide PowerPoint to accompany the cloze notes
-- Surface Area and Weathering Reaction Rates Lab with key (2 pages)
-- Weathering and Erosion Worksheet with answer key (11 mixed type questions) (3 pages)
-- Bedload transport and weathering of sediments video (23 seconds)
-- Weathering and Erosion Exam with answer key (40 mixed format questions) (10 pages)
-- Mechanical Weathering Common Core Reading/Writing and Lab Activity with answer key (8 pages and correlated to the Common Core and NGSS standards)
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
MS-ESS2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
Common Core State Standards Connections
RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
RST.6-8.9 Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
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