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The stone test wall was constructed to study the performance of stone subjected to weathering. It contains 2352 individual samples of stone, of which 2032 are domestic stone from 47 states, and 320 are stones from 16 foreign countries. Over 30 distinct types of stones are represented, some of which...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Investigating Earth Systems approaches Earth System Science through problem-solving, with community-based models that are hands-on and inquiry-driven.In this module, students will investigate: the kinds of materials in soil, the arrangement of soil materials, the amount of water the soil can hold,...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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This site contains information on key ideas of weathering, erosion, and deposition. It includes percentages of students (grades 6-8 and 9-12) answering tested knowledge correctly as well as common misconceptions those students might have. Key ideas include: transportation and deposition of rock...
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Potholes like the ones featured in this activity may have been formed by the grinding action of pebbles being swirled round by the fast-moving water. We can re-create these conditions by swirling pebbles in a bucket of water, using a spade.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Sinkholes are natural depressions in the land caused when limestone and soils dissolve. They form when groundwater removes rock underground. They can form by slow gradual sinking or by sudden collapse of an underlying hole. Sinkholes are common in about one quarter of the U.S. You can usually...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10
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Sand has always been a guiding force in my life. I've always been around it, and always been fascinated by it. As I attended various NSTA conventions, one of the most popular sessions was the one involving sand samples. People do all kinds of things with sand! At the NSTA National Convention in St....
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2008
This Nature lesson discusses the processes of weathering and erosion and how they work together to shape the earth's landscape.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10
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The Earth is very much alive, even its rocks shift and change. Practice geology vocabulary with this challenging crossword puzzle. But there's a twist--you must first match up each word with its definition to find out where it goes in the puzzle. Your student can brush up on his/her earth science...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this Mystery, students will explore how solid rock breaks apart into smaller pieces through a process called weathering (including root-wedging and ice-wedging.) In the activity, students will model the process of weathering that occurs when rocks tumble and crash into each other using sugar...
Grade Level   3 4 5
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Published in 2014
A YouTube video about corrosion of infrastructure, how it happens, and how to prevent it. 
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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...
Grade Level   3 4 5
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A treasure hunt is exciting and fun, and there are many kinds of treasures to discover. A hurricane off the coast of Florida in 1662 caused the Atocha, a Spanish galleon, to sink. This book describes the many-years-long search for the treasure believed to be on it. What could be left of a ship that...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4
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A few very special walls help us remember the past. LeVar visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to find out about monuments. Maya Lin, the young architect who designed the Memorial, describes her vision and the process of creating this special place. Other momuments explored include Mount Rushmore -,...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4
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Visiting Ellis Island, the port of entry for millions of immigrants who came to America with hopes and dreams for a better life, is a trip back into the past. LeVar explores the purpose of the island and then visits the Statue of Liberty where he climbs to the top to see how this important symbol is...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4
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Published in 2017
Explore geologic features through an interactive from NOVA’s Making North America in this lesson plan from WGBH. Observe and gather evidence of geoscience processes such as weathering, erosion, and deposition, that have shaped and continue to shape Earth’s surface at varying spatial and time...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2008
In this article, we discuss some common misconceptions about weathering and erosion, volcanoes, and earthquakes. We also provide tools for formative assessment and ideas for teaching the correct scientific concepts.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5
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Rocks break down into smaller pieces through weathering. Rocks and sediment grinding against each other wear away surfaces. This type of weathering is called abrasion, and it happens as wind and water rush over rocks. The rocks become smoother as rough and jagged edges break off. In this activity,...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6
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"Students use ice cream glaciers and hot wax lava flows to simulate the interactions of glaciers and lava flows. This lesson plan is part of the """"Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard"""" curriculum, created through a partnership between Mount Rainier National Park and the US Geological Survey...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10
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A curated collection of rock erosion images from the Earth Science World Image Bank to show students examples of Earth processes. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation version of this file using this link.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5
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A curated collection of rock weathering images from the Earth Science World Image Bank to show students examples of Earth processes. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation version of this file using this link.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5
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