Weathering Worksheet

Wind Erosion, Rain Erosion, Ice Wedging, and Chemical Weathering

This weathering worksheet is part of the MatchCard Science Geology Unit Study for 3rd to 8th grade. The MatchCards provide a worksheet, hands-on activities, and game-like review for earth science and geology.

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Weathering Worksheet

Geology Unit Study

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Objective: Explain the effect of weathering on the earth's surface.

Overview: Students will use the place the reusable Information Pieces on the diagram of the land. They will match the type of weathering and its cause to the diagram.

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This is MatchCard #3 of the Geology Unit Study. Look below for more information on MatchCards and the MatchCard Science curriculum.

Let's Teach Weathering

Rain Erosion

Weathering Activity #1

Rain erosion is caused by rain and moving water which washes away topsoil and enlarges river beds.

Students will match the definition and description of rain erosion with the arrow pointing the river bed.

A Bottled River Bed

Let's watch the effect of water erosion on a river bed in a bottle:
Premade bottles of water and solid particles are available at science stores which can demonstrate an even greater variety of substances on a river bed.

Explore Local Creeks or Rivers

Visit creek and river beds in your area.

What can you notice about the shoreline?

Compare the water level before and after a rain storm.

Notice the curvature of the river. Note how it may widen when the edge of the river is soil, but protrude into the river when the edge is rock. What do you think causes the curvature of river beds?

Wind Erosion

Weathering Activity #2

Large stones can be sanded down by small pieces of rock fragments carried in the wind.

Students will match the title and description of wind erosion with the picture of the rock formation on top of the mountain.

Let's Watch It: Sugar Cubes

Watch rain and water erosion at work together.

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Geology Unit Study

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Our nine objectives will turn your rock hunting student into a genuine junior geologist. Core content and hands-on projects in the Geology Unit Study will keep them watching the ground under the feet.

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Chemistry is only one of twelve complete unit studies for kids in 3rd to 8th grade.

Comprehensive objectives, hands-on projects, suggested science fair experiments, and the fun game-like MatchCards keep them interested in learning science. See all twelve MatchCard Science Unit Studies.

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