Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Erosion, and supports the standard of providing evidence of the effects of the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display an image that shows evidence of erosion, like this one:

Ask students:

  • What do you notice in this photo? 
  • What do you think may have caused this rock formation?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read the description on the Erosion topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Way Back When,” “Around the World,” or “Mother Nature.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about erosion while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Imagine you’re visiting different landscapes around the world. Produce a travelog that answers the question: How does erosion alter a landscape? (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map describing the process of one type of erosion. (Essential  Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a sorting game where players determine whether information describes weathering or erosion. (Essential Literacy Skill: Acquire and use domain specific words and phrases)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Erosion Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Erosion Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Water Cycle Game: Challenge players to figure out how water molecules change form and move through the world in this interactive game.

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of erosion with these topics: Weathering, Rock Cycle, and Soil

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