Have you ever tried to learn about how the earth changes by the elements? I am talking specifically by air and water. The two effects of air and water are weathering and erosion. But do we know what each one is and what they look like? How do we recognize each one of them?
In this post, you will learn the difference between weathering and erosion. You will also have the opportunity to print out your free printable set to practice what you have learned. We hope you enjoy it and learn a lot!
We had so much fun during the lesson that I completely forgot to take pictures to show you! Ha! I did include the sample cards so you see what we did. Your free printables will be the originals without the watermark.
What is Weathering?
To understand what weathering and erosion are, you can read this link and then come back to see how we applied our knowledge. Made simple, weathering is a change in the chemistry in a rock, by water or air over time. You will be able to see the rock structure, but there will be gaps, gashes or arches formed in the rocks.
What is Erosion?
Erosion, on the other hand, is also called mass wasting. This means that water, air or both move the rocks or parts of the rocks. You will see rocks, gravel or even boulders move downward because gravity is the reigning force on this planet. Many times, you will see both weathering and erosion near each other on rock formations.
This Summer, we went on a road trip to the beautiful states of Colorado and Utah. Most of the images in your free printable set were taken by me during our trip. We had such a wonderful time and yes, we has an impromptu lesson on weathering and erosion while on the road because we saw so much of it, especially at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.
Basically, your free printable set will be printed with a color printer and then laminate the cards. Note: you can print the cards on one page each or you can change the layout to print 2 cards per page. This will save you ink, but the images might end up too small to really learn to distinguish weathering and erosion. Just something to think about. Then, cut the labels that say “erosion” and “weathering.” Now you are ready to begin your lesson!
What is the Difference between Weathering and Erosion?
Begin your lesson by introducing your children to the definition of erosion and weathering. Then, show your children the cards that say “This is what erosion looks like” and “This is what weathering looks like.” The arrows are very helpful to show what exactly we are talking about.
The third activity is to compare both cards. Notice the differences and the similarities. Can they tell the difference by looking at the two cards side by side? Remember that discussing these things with them is imperative to learn their thought process and guide them in the right direction.
The last activity is to take out the two cards (12 pictures total) that have 2 arrows. These cards say “Erosion or Weathering?” at the top. Use the labels that you printed and place an arrow next to each arrow to show which arrow is pointing to the erosion and which is pointing to the weathering.
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I hope you will enjoy this lesson as much as we did! Your free printable is here. It won’t have the “SAMPLE” watermark on it, so you will have beautiful, colorful and clear pictures to teach your little ones. Let your children practice this often so they can learn these concepts well.
When you go for walks or hikes, be sure and point out any weathering and/or erosion you find and see if they can recognize any in the real world. Get your printable set now! And for an awesome Science experiment about erosion and weathering, check out our Erosion vs Weathering ~ Awesome Science STEM Activities post!
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This bundle includes: Erosion and Weathering Printable Set, Erosion and Weathering 3-Part Cards, What is Erosion? Info Cards, What is Weathering? Info Cards, What is Deposition? Info Cards and Erosion, Weathering & Deposition Wheel Craft
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