Lesson Plan

Weathering, Erosion, and Change

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Lesson Duration:
60 Minutes
State Standards:
Utah Core Curriculum
Fifth Grade Science
Standard 2: Objective 1, Objective 2, Objective 3


Learn about the relationship between geologic processes such as weather and erosion, and changes on the Earth's surface.


This guide contains background information about how weathering, erosion, and other geologic processes such as volcanoes continually shape the landscape, and directions for three activities that will help students better understand how these processes are at work in Utah. This guide is specifically designed for fifth grade classrooms, but the activities can be modified for students at other levels.


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  • Download and print activity materials
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Weathering, Erosion, and Change Activity Guide

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Lesson Hook/Preview

Zion has spectacular geology. The arid climate and sparse vegetation expose bare rock and reveal the park’s geologic history. Evidence of deposition (sedimentation), lithification, uplift, weathering, erosion, tectonics, and volcanic activity make the park a showcase for changing landscapes.


Follow suggested procedure within the activity guide.


Glossary available in activity guide.

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Last updated: March 30, 2016