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  • Ramen Noodles
  • Brown sugar
  • Water
  • nail or stick to illustrate plant growth
  • weathering powerpoint
  • paper
  • crayons


  • TLW distinguish the difference between erosion and weathering and be able to give examples of both.

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Objective:  The students will identify the different ways that weathering occurs.  They will be able to name the natural elements of weather that begin this process.  The student will also identify what happens during the process of erosion.

Discussion – The students will view a powerpoint on weathering and erosion.  Review of concepts with use of powerpoint.  Will be asked what different types of weather will cause weathering.  Why do you think this weather has an impact on the Earth’s surface?

Group Activity – The students will view and participate with two different experiments.  Using ramen noodles the students will rub two blocks of noodles together.  They will notice that some pieces break off.  This will resemble sediment during the erosion process.  Students will be asked to identify what is happening.  For the second experiment the students will view the process of weathering.  By pouring water on sugar that has been formed to look like mountains/hills, the student will see the affects that rain has on landforms over a given a period.

Independent Activity – The student will be shown a picture of a mountain.  They will then draw the weather pattern of their choice and how that weather pattern affects the landform of a mountain.  The picture is the last slide on the powerpoint.



There is great Magic School Bus video that helps illustrate weathering and werosion available for download on the web.



Teacher Observation during experiments

After portrait of new mountain

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    1. PPTWeathering and Erosion.ppt (download)