Physical Features of the Earth
NPS photo by Neal Herbert
- Grade Level:
- Fifth Grade
- Earth Science, geology
- National/State Standards:
- Utah State Standard Core Curriculum Topic, Standard Two: Students will understand that volcanoes, earthquakes, uplift, weathering, and erosion shape Earth's surface.
- erosion, weathering, earthquakes, uplift, arch formation, fossil, fault, deposition, geologic layers
Students assemble jigsaw puzzles in the classroom informing them about the different types of rock and the rock cycle. At a field trip site, students examine a limestone layer to find fossils and make clay models to reenact movement along a local fault. They explore and model the formation of arches, and learn the names and deposition histories of the rock layers surrounding them. Back in the classroom, a mapping activity demonstrates what causes many earthquakes: plate tectonics.