Marcia's Science Teaching Ideas
Marcia's Science Teaching Ideas
Teaching Weathering, Erosion, & Deposition by MJ Krech
Teaching Weathering... by MJ Krech
Teaching Weathering, Erosion, Deposition and Soil by Marcia J. Krech is available here. Over 200 PDF pages of ready-to-run materials covering: Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition as well as Soil Composition and Formation. Click here for Table of Contents. The Packet contains: objectives and strategies, detailed lesson plans & ideas,  bellwork and journal suggestions, labs and worksheets with answers, tests & quizzes with answers, active learning suggestions including Soil Horizons Foldable©, and many Team Game suggestions you can run off on colored paper. Also includes: Weathering PPT, Erosion PPT, Deposition PPT, Weathering Walk PPT, Factors Influencing Weathering PPT, Soils PPT, Soil Horizons PPT, Soil Conservation PPT, and Weathering Bingo PPT. Can be purchased as a Download or a CD. Several items from this Packet are also available below at NO CHARGE!
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Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition Study Guide
I 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! So I  recommend you make up a FactSheet with cut-and-paste answers based on your text book. You could also do a PowerPoint with a Cut-and-Paste FollowSheet, or 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.
Note from a teacher: I used your "weathering" cut and paste vocab in class today with a game afterwards.  Your teaching stuff is awesome!

Cut & Paste Weathering Vocab

Magic 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

Types of Weathering Worksheets

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.
Weathering PowerPoint Fun to hook up to your big screen T.V. or SmartBoard to show your students.  Could use Types of Weathering A as a FollowSheet and Types of Weathering B as homework. Email me for a FREE DropBox download of the entire WEATHERING TEACHING IDEA.
Weathering Walk 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 most observations??!!
Types of Weathering Game Each 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.
W.E.D. Game Similar 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, or Deposition.
The Importance of Soil Demonstration An 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 The typical 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 state.
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