Weath R. Ing and E. Rosion

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Florida Sunshine State Standard: SC.4.E.6.4 Describe the basic differences between physical weathering(breaking down of rock by wind, water, ice, temperature change, and plants) and erosion (movement of rock by gravity, wind, water, and ice).

Process Skills Involved: Observing, Inferring, Classifying, Communicating, Organizing/Analyzing Data, Understanding Cause and Effect

Objective: Through reading and viewing internet sources, students will develop an understanding of weathering and erosion so that they can complete a quiz comparing the two forces with a minimum score of 80%, then work with a partner to design and present a prevention plan for one of the two forces, which will be graded using the rubric on the evaluation page.

Materials: art supplies to create poster (markers, crayons, stencils, etc.) OR presentation software such as PowerPoint


Teachers' Domain. Water Erosion. (18 November 2008). Retrieved from


KidsGeo.com. (2010). Chapter 4-An Introduction to Erosion. Retrieved from http://www.kidsgeo.com/geology-for-kids/0059-introduction-to-erosion.php

KidsGeo.com. (2010). Chapter 5-Erosion by Water Processes. Retrieved from http://www.kidsgeo.com/geology-for-kids/0074-erosion-rivers-lakes-streams.php

Rader, A. (2009). Erosion. Retrieved from http://www.geography4kids.com/files/land_erosion.html

Rader, A. (2009). Weathering. Retrieved from http://www.geography4kids.com/files/land_weathering.html

Scholastic. Study Jams!: Weathering and Erosion. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyysL02ZvQ8

Note: This webquest requires students to spend the first part of their time on the computer, but the rest developing a presentation to share with the class. I would suggest using this over the course of a week or two so that students have ample time to create enjoyable presentations, and since they will be working with partners, they will need in-class time to work on the project prior to presenting.

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