Reflection: Exploring Erosion by Wind, Rain, and Waves - Section 1: NGSS Connections and Class Preparation


Originally I wanted students to experience each station, but as I began to plan the lesson, I realized that would not be feasible due to time and materials and the desire to keep the variables the same.

I would need to have 6 models set up for each station if planning for 6 groups. That's a lot of material.  If I only set up 2  models per station, the teams that tested the models in the 2nd and 3rd rotations would work with damp or wet, sand or soil, which would change the original variables.

Also, in a one science period, it would be challenging to move the kiddos through 3 stations and still allow time for quality observations and debriefing. I chose not to have demonstration lab for each station because I think it is worthwhile to provide an experience where the learning is active, to allow for multiple learning modalities.

Next year I plan to use our *Early Bird / Later Gator time to run this lab over the course of a week. Each day students could participate in one station with teams sharing observations at the end of the week. I would only have to set up for 1 station, and materials would have a chance to dry out.

* Early Bird / Later Gator time is a staggered school start time; half the class arrives at 8:20 and leaves at 2:05 and the other half of the class arrives at 9:00 and leaves at 2:45

  Reason for 'Station Experts'
  Reason for 'Station Experts'
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Exploring Erosion by Wind, Rain, and Waves

Unit 4: Unit 4 - Surface Water and Landform Interactions
Lesson 11 of 18

Objective: SWBAT make observations of erosion processes caused by slope, waves or wind.

Big Idea: Students 'speed up' time to observe how wind, waves or slope may change surface features.

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Science, erosion, landforms, water cycle, water
  90 minutes
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