Soils, Rocks, and Landforms
Geology is the study of our planet's earth materials and natural resources. The
Soils, Rocks, and Landforms Module provides students with firsthand
experiences with soils, rocks, and minerals, and modeling experiences to study changes
to rocks and landforms at Earth's surface.
- Investigate the processes of physical and chemical weathering of rocks and
- Investigate the composition of soils from four different locations; observe and
compare local soils.
- Use stream tables to investigate how the slow processes of erosion and deposition
alter landforms; predict the results of a student designed stream-table investigation,
and then compare actual results to predictions.
- Use physical tools and a table of diagnostic properties to make observations and
identify minerals in common rocks.
- Make observations and interpret them to develop explanations in the way that
- Observe how earth materials are used in the community around school, and consider
the ways people impact natural resources.
- Investigation 1: Soils and Weathering
- Investigation 2: Landforms
- Investigation 3: Rocks and Minerals
- Investigation 4: Natural Resources