Students learn about weathering, erosion, and the making of soil in this exciting STEM science experiment with a WOW result. This simple earth science project shows students why mechanical weathering—specifically ice wedging—occurs. Using the scientific method, students walk away with a better understanding of how changes to the Earth's surface occur and the processes that cause the breakdown of rocks into soil by water and ice. This is important for understanding the rock cycle and changes to Earth's landforms.
- teacher notes
- a reproducible lab sheet with photos and step-by-step instructions for your students
- post-experiment teacher notes which explain what students will have observed, along with a kid-friendly explanation and real-world applications. The classroom-tested instructions are simple and require only materials that most students already have at home.
- Google version of the reproducible lab worksheets for students to complete in Google Classroom™.
This is a hands-on lab that is incredibly easy for a teacher to implement. Parents enjoy seeing kids doing an actual experiment at home and watching the surprising results.
Your students will love doing this!
This experiment works very well for distance learning and remote learning since the few required materials are things that students already have in their homes. It also works well as an exciting in-class laboratory activity, science center or science station.
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