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Stream Table


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Stream Table

In this activity, learners use aluminum trays and wooden blocks to form stream tables to investigate river formations in two different landscape scenarios. Learners compare and contrast how the formation of the river differs if the topography of the land is changed from a flat plain to a terrain with hills and valleys.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Rectangular aluminum trays, such as turkey roaster pans
  • 32-quart rectangular plastic storage bins
  • Bag of sand, enough to fill each aluminum pan halfway
  • Spray bottles
  • Plastic water jugs with spigot
  • Wooden blocks, 4-6
  • Water
  • Notebooks or science journals

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Rocks and Minerals
      • Oceans and Water
    • Earth's History
      • Geologic Time
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
      • Momentum and Velocity
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories


  • Model Building
  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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  • Education, Science Friday

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  • All Rights Reserved, Science Friday, ©2010

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