are welcome to use these ideas in your classroom, within your science
department, within your school district, or to distribute to any
teacher who may find these lessons useful.I only ask that:
1. You cannot sell these lessons or make a profit on them in any way.
2. You cite the lessons original source, and do not white-out the
copyright footer on the pdf files
3. Do not copy and paste lessons onto your website. A link to the
original is to be used.
4. Do not claim these lessons as your own work. NOTE: This disclaimer is
modeled after a couple of my favorite websites: The Science
Spot and Middle School Science. Thanks, teachers!
Erosion, and Deposition Study Guide
used to use a Study Guide to quickly introduce the important concepts.
Then I discovered that a Cut-and-Paste FactSheet would work better.
Quick FactSheets involve the whole body when students are required to
cut out and place each "fact" in the correct place on the page. They
interact to see if they have it right before they paste. I love seeing
BUSY BEHAVIOR that is ON TASK! SoI recommend
you make up a FactSheet with cut-and-paste answers based on your text
You could also do a PowerPoint with a Cut-and-Paste
Fill-in-the-Blank, as a way to introduce facts. After the introduction,
I spend time doing other active things, like Weathering Walks and Games
and Labs. In my opinion, students retain the important concepts better
if you do active learning activities to reinforce the basic concepts.
from a teacher: I used your "weathering" cut and paste vocab in class
today with a game afterwards. Your teaching stuff is awesome!
trick, almost! Students remember vocabulary better when they cut &
paste--instead of copy the definitions! Cut & Paste Vocab works
especially well for special ed students. Click here.
"Love the cut/paste vocabulary . . . worked
like a charm for my ESE population!" --FL teacher
Reinforces the most common Weathering terms. Types of
Weathering A and B.
I often use Types of Weathering A as a FollowSheet for the Types of
Weathering PowerPoint. B for a pairs assignment afterwards.
Take a Walking
Tour around your school campus to observe different types of
weathering. Provide students with a worksheet
to record their observations. Discuss when you return. Prizes for the
Types of Weathering Game
team holds two cards: Mechanical and Chemical. Teacher reads a
description of a type of weathering, such as: formation of potholes in
winter. (Mechanical) On a signal from the teacher, team leaders hold up
the correct card. Could also offer BONUS point to teams who know the
exact type, such as Frost Action (Frost Wedging.) Great fun, especially
if you have several smaller teams and keep the action moving quickly.
to Types of Weathering Game mentioned above, except the teacher reads
headlines from recent newspapers, such as "Landslide destroys village
in South America," or "100 feared dead in Russian avalanche." Team
leaders hold up correct card identifying either: Weathering, Erosion,
The Importance of Soil
old USDA demonstration that works nicely: (1) Cut a large apple into
four equal parts. "Three parts represent the oceans of the world. The
fourth part represents the land area of the world." (2) Cut the land
section in half lengthwise. "One section represents land such as
deserts, swamps, antarctic, arctic, and mountain regions. The other 1/8
represents land where man can live but may NOT grow food." (3) Slice
this 1/8 section crosswise into four equal parts. "Three of these 1/32
sections represent the areas of the world which are too rocky, too wet,
too hot, or where soils are too poor for food production, as well as
areas developed by man." (4) Carefully peel the last 1/32 section.
"This one small bit of peeling represents the soil of our earth on
which mankind depends for food production."
Soil Profile Worksheet
on soil covers the horizons, and what each horizon consists of. It's
also a good idea to have students ponder the types of soils in your