Reflection: Station Rotation Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition - Section 4: Explore

 

Teacher Led Activity Versus Station Rotations 

This investigation could be conducted in two different ways.  One way is through teacher led instruction, the other is through small group stations rotations.  Both approaches have benefits so you really have to consider the needs of your students.  

By doing the investigation through small group stations, students have the opportunity to see each result first hand, and participate in every single activity.  Another benefit is that all students are more likely to practice with the science vocabulary, as opposed to only a few answering questions and adding to the discussion. 

By doing the activity through teacher led instruction, the discussion and observations are more focused.  I am able to ask questions that make students focus on certain aspects of the investigation, such as why bubbles are forming on the rock when acid is dropped on it.  I am not able to get around to every group for every activity if they are in stations.  

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Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition

Unit 7: Earth's Systems
Lesson 6 of 14

Objective: SWBAT differentiate between weathering, erosion, and deposition, and determine how they are related.

Big Idea: Students investigate weathering and erosion with hands on activities.

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