Weathering & Erosion

Next Generation Standards

4-ESS2-1 - Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.

Clarification Statement - Examples of variables to test could include angle of slope in the downhill movement of water, amount of vegetation, speed of wind, relative rate of deposition, cycles of freezing and thawing of water, cycles of heating and cooling, and volume of water flow.

Assessment Boundary - Assessment is limited to a single form of weathering or erosion.

Massachusetts Standards

4-ESS2-1 - Make observations and collect data to provide evidence that rocks, soils, and sediments are broken into smaller pieces through mechanical weathering and moved around through erosion.

Clarification Statement - Mechanical weathering processes can include frost wedging, abrasion, and tree root wedging. Erosion can include movement by blowing wind, flowing water, and moving ice.

Assessment Boundary - Chemical processes are not expected in state assessment.

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Additional Resources

4-ESS2-1 - Weathering & Erosion