Glaciers, Water and Wind, Oh My!

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
3 4 5
Organization:Teach Engineering
Summary:This hands-on activity explores five different forms of erosion (chemical, water, wind, glacier, and temperature). Students rotate through stations and model each type of erosion on rocks, soils and minerals. The students record their observations and discuss the effects of erosion on the Earth's landscape. Students learn about how engineers are involved in the protection of landscapes and structures from erosion. Math problems are included to help students think about the effects of erosion in real-world scenarios.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 3; Big Idea 4
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:4-ESS2-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Planning and carrying out investigations
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
Subjects: elementary school; erosion; glacier; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; water; water availability
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