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Erosion


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    Utah Education Network

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Erosion

In this activity, learners model erosion using a clear shoebox and sand or soil. Learners observe and discuss wind and water erosion in action and determine what effect sod and rocks have on their model. They examine gullies, valleys, landslides, and waves. During the investigation, learners draw diagrams of what they see. Later in the activity, learners take a walking field trip and look for evidence of erosion. They record their observations and explanations in a science log.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Rocks and Minerals
      • Oceans and Water
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes assesments for student learning

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Utah LessonPlans

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Utah Education Network in partnership with the Utah State Office of Education and Higher Ed Utah,

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