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The Best Weathering vs Erosion STEM Experiment in the World

One of our top blog posts is about erosion vs weathering. We explain what erosion and weathering are, show pictures of both and I also offer a set of printables to reinforce the learning of the difference between erosion and weathering.

Visit our What is the Difference between Weathering and Erosion or Kids? post after you read this one!

Erosion is mass wasting of a rock structure. Pieces of dirt and rock are worn away or broken off by different processes.

Mountains are eroded by water, wind or ice picking up and carrying away pieces of them so they become leveled or, at best, shorter than before.

Weathering is the process where rocks dissolve rock pieces where structures of mountains may stay up, but they look eaten away.

Soil and rock that is loose will fall off and leave the stronger, harder rock standing as always. See images below. 

Reminder! Don’t forget to check out our awesome hub for all kinds of erosion, weathering and deposition printables and activities!

Be sure and visit our "What is the Difference between Weathering and Erosion?" post after you read this "weathering vs erosion ~ Awesome Science STEM Activities" post because they go hand-in-hand.Weathering and Erosion Project Ideas

It is important for students to know the difference between erosion and weathering when they are studying Earth Science. To do this, we read some books on both concepts and I made some weathering and printables after our Summer trip (where we discussed erosion and weathering at length).

But now, we will show you one of the Science STEM activities we did to reiterate our learning. We also studied about some of the natural wonders of the world to expound our research on the topic. So what is the difference between weathering and erosion? Find out here!

I just loved that we used our knowledge on erosion and weathering to come up with a Science experiment. Of course, we read some books, researched online and used the Scientific Method to conduct our experiment.

Children’s Books about Weathering and Erosion

What is the difference between weathering and erosion? Find out with these fantastic books! The erosion pictures for kids to study up-close are amazing in these books! Don’t forget to also compare erosion and deposition for kids to also know about that topic. 

Erosion: Changing Earth's Surface (Amazing Science)Erosion: Changing Earth’s SurfaceCracking Up: A Story About Erosion (Science Works)Cracking Up: A Story About ErosionExamining Erosion (Searchlight Books: Do You Dig EarthExamining ErosionWeathering and Erosion (Science Readers: Content and Literacy)Weathering and ErosionWeathering and Erosion: Wearing Down Rocks (Rock It!Weathering and ErosionA Look at Erosion and Weathering (Rock Cycle)A Look at Erosion and Weathering

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Erosion vs Weathering Science STEM Activities

Let’s prep for this awesome STEM experiment! You will need:

  • colorless gelatin
  • 2 small bowls (that hold about 1 cup of liquid and that if turned upside down, they resemble a small mountain, enough to cover one of the bowls and enough dirt or to cover 3/4 of the other bowl)
  • small rocks and sediments (rocks broken down into smaller pieces)
  • dirt with small pieces of rock or tiny gravel

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Take 2 cups of water and boil slightly. Turn heat off and add 1/2 cup of gelatin. Use a whisk to mix well. Let it rest and cool a little.

Meanwhile, place rocks in a bowl until they go to the top, but don’t go past the brim. In the other bowl, put enough dirt, soil or sand to cover about 3/4 of the bowl.

Slowly, pour the gelatin into each bowl until the bowls are completely filled.

Don’t mess with the bowl with rocks in it. Use a knife to gently mix the gelatin into the soil (sand) until mixed well. Place in refrigerator and let it solidify for a few hours or overnight.

Be sure and visit our "What is the Difference between Weathering and Erosion?" post after you read this "weathering vs erosion ~ Awesome Science STEM Activities" post because they go hand-in-hand.

Scientific Method Printable

There are many easy experiments using scientific method and this is definitely one of them. What are the steps of the scientific method?

You can use the technology part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) acronym to do your research or you can go print this Science experiment printable!

It will make your life so much easier.  So, grab the printable or make your own list of the steps in the Scientific Method and then write down “The Difference between weathering and erosion” as the title on your sheet.

Once the “mountains” are solid, it is time to use a knife to go around the inside of the bowls to loosen them. Flip the bowls over and set them on a plate. Then place the plate on a cookie sheet or a tray with an edge.

The sand/soil mountain will be our erosion model and the rock mountain will represent our weathering model. Explain to kids how water, ice, the elements like wind and such change the surface of mountains and land overtime.

Be sure and visit our "What is the Difference between Weathering and Erosion?" post after you read this "weathering vs erosion ~ Awesome Science STEM Activities" post because they go hand-in-hand.

Weathering and Erosion Activities for Kids

For this, it is best to work in the kitchen. Boil some water on the stove. Meanwhile, in their sheets, they write down their hypothesis on how erosion differs from weathering and what they think will happen when we pour hot water over each.

Once their hypothesis is written, they will draw what each mountain looks like now. Let them feel them and touch them to analyze them well.

They can clearly see that they’re solid, they have a definite shape and they look different. We use the Math part of STEM to measure the height of each mountain (both measure the same).

Erosion is Different from Weathering

Now, the adult slowly pours hot water on the erosion mountain as the kids observe what is happening. We use the Math in STEM to count 10 seconds.

The erosion mountain began disintegrating and falling apart. We noted that on our notebooking pages.

Then we did the same to the weathering mountain. The gelatin (which represents the softer elements in the composition of a mountain) disintegrated, but the rocks stayed stacked up.

There were new gaps between the rocks, but the height stayed the same. We recorded that in our notes.

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Weathering and Erosion Printables

Continuing with the experiment of erosion vs weathering, we decided to pour hot water over each a second time for 10 second each. Look at the pictures below.

The mountains fell apart even more into smaller pieces.

We noted all of that in our Science experiment sheets. Then we drew what our mountains look like now.

Let me tell you that our printables in What is the Difference between Weathering and Erosion? {Free Printables} were super helpful and I highly recommend you get those, too.

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