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Introducing the ROCK CYCLE

NEW: June 20th:


PRETEST: I bet you know more than you think!



  1. NEW: Bozeman Science-Geology
  2. NEW: Basics of Rocks and Minerals-Wicked Good!
  3. NEW: Make Me Genius- Rock Cycle–
  4. NEW: The Three Types of Rocks and the Rock Cycle
    1. Version 1:
    2. Version 2:
  5. Rocks and Minerals: WATCH
  6. NASAeclips- The Rock Cycle
  7. Has words over it but is good!


  1. GREAT SITE: All you need to know…well almost:
  2. AWESOME SITE #2: Interactives- The Rock Cycle–
  3. The Three Main Types of Rocks-
  4. Rock Types-



  1. Rock Examples for
  2. American Museum of Natural History- Three types of rocks and examples.



CHALLENGE (and more fun, I think)

  • Google some images on the rock cycle until you find a few you like and use the resources below. (See the image at the top and bottom of the page.)
  • Draw your own ROCK CYCLE on a blank piece of paper or use an app to create your own.
  • Be sure to include:
    • Each part of the cycle.
    • Descriptions that tell what is happening at each part of the cycle.
    • Arrows to show


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Rock Cycle Song–


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Finishing Up WED by FRIDAY

WED Test on Friday– Take the Quia practice test and go on Quizlet.

  1. Quia (Basically is THE TEST): WED Practice Test–
  2. Quizlet– WED: Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition–

WED Stations and Journal Entry DUE FRIDAY

  1. Finish the WED stations set up around the room. The stations will be picked up after school on Thursday. Make sure your booklets are complete.
  2. Do the yellow OUTPUT checklist BEFORE doing the output questions.
  3. Put your WED station booklet on your INPUT page. (SEE BELOW)
  4. Do the OUTPUT questions.
    1. Here are the questions:
    2. Here is a template you can use to write your answers:
  5. Put the completed OUTPUT questions in your journal under the yellow checklist.

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Tuesday, June 6: Erosion


REVIEW- What are different types of erosion and how does GRAVITY play a part?


  1. Glue the foldable in your journal.
  2. Use the information on erosion starting on page 323 in Red Chapter 11 to find how the things on your foldable erode.
  3. Use the links below to help, also.


PART 3: Online Activities

More Info.Erosion and Weathering-




Chapter Review: Take this digital chapter review  when you are finished with all worksheets. You may use your informational handout: CHAPTER REVIEW

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Tuesday, May 30th: WED Station Resources




PART #3-WED Stations Resources

STATION 1Glacial Erosion- use one website or more to answer your questions.

  1. How do Glaciers Cause Erosion-
  2. MAINE 
  3. All About Glaciers– Many types of glacial landforms. Look for “glacial erratics” on this site:
  4. Glaciers– Erosion landforms are first. Scroll down to “GLACIAL DEPOSITION”:
  5. Landforms created by glacial erosion and deposition– easy to read presentation on glacial landforms.

STATION 2Preventing Erosion

  1. Why should you grow more plants to reduce erosion?
  2. Importance of Plants in Preventing Soil Erosion–
  3. Maine Soil Erosion Problems
    1. Pollution from soil erosion–
    2. Soil erosion=water pollution-
    3. The Glacial Desert in Freeport Maine (watch the movie)
    4. Why is there a desert in Maine?

STATION 3: Delta Formation– watch the video AND read the information.

DELTA DEFINITION: A landform made of sediment that is deposited where a river flows into an ocean or lake. 

  1. WATCH:
    1. How a Delta is Formed–
    2. Formation of a New Delta–
  2. READ:
    1. Delta formation–
    2. Deltas–

STATION 4: You’re Such a Nerd

  1. Chemical Weathering
  2. Mechanical Weathering

STATION 5: Wind Erosion and Deposition

  1. Landforms and Wind Erosion and Deposition-
  2. FIX-FIX-FIX Question #3: On the question, “What kind of deposition was occurring in this simulation?”, change it to WHEN DOES DEPOSITION HAPPEN IN THIS SIMULATION?

STATION 8: Chemical Weathering

  • Vinegar definition- a sour-tasting liquid containing acetic acid. (Yes! Vinegar is an acid!)
  • Acid Rain definition–  rain that contains dangerous chemicals because of smoke from cars and factories. It is more acidic than regular rain.
  1. Answer to Questions 1 and 2 are found here in the following information:
  1. The Environmental Legacy of Acid Rain in Maine-
  2. The Rain in Maine-
  3. What is acid rain?

STATION 9Gravity Simulation

Mass Wasting Definition– the large movement of rock, soil and debris downward due to the force of gravity.

Mass Wasting Simulation and Types

  1. What type of mass wasting did you simulate? Your Answer is Here–
  2. Other information on mass wasting:
  3. Common Types of Landslides in Maine–
  4. Landslides in Maine–

STATION 10: Wave Action

  • Definition: Coastal erosion is when material along a coastline is broken down and taken away by the movement of wind & water.
  • It leads to the formation of many landforms and, combined with deposition, plays an important role in shaping the coastline.
  1. Information and Simulations of Different types of Coastal Erosion:
  2. What are issues relating to coastal erosion?

STATION 11: Water Runoff, Erosion, and Deposition

Runoff (or Surface Runoff) Definition– water, from rain, snowmelt, or other sources, that flows over the land surface.  It is a major part of the water cycle and a major force of erosion.

  1. USGS Water Run Off–
  2. Landforms Created by Running Water–
  3. River Landforms-
  4. Water Erosion–

STATION 12: Weathering

  1. Ice wedging– cracks in rock or other surfaces fill with water, freeze and expand, causing the cracks to enlarge and eventually break
  2. Root wedging– when roots end up in cracks in rocks, they eventually grow larger and can split the rock apart.
  3. Oxidation– when oxygen reacts with metal elements in a rock, creating a new substance. Brown/orange rust can be a clue.
  4. Hydrolysis– the chemical breakdown of a substance when combined with water.
  5. Abrasion– the wearing down of rock by friction from other rocks, materials, and processes.
  6. Carbonation– the mixing of water with carbon dioxide to make carbonic acid. This type of weathering is important in the formation of caves.
  7. Exfoliation– the rock’s layers peel off in whole sheets instead of grain by grain.
  8. Lichen and Moss– produce weak acids, which weaken rocks and turn some to clay.

Erosion Extras

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Friday, May 26th: Weathering and Erosion



Weathering and Erosion–


Great Little Videos

  1. Mechanical/Physical Weathering–
  2. Mechanical Weathering–
  3. Chemical Weathering–


GREAT for use with your science journal entry on weathering- Use the Firefox Browser for the following activities.

  1. Ice Wedging: Physical Weathering–
  2. Types of Weathering–
  3. Weathering–


  1. Shape It Up- Erosion Activity–
  2. Erosion– Here Today, Gone Tomorrow-
  3. Erosion Due to Gravity: Mass Movement–
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Thursday, May 25th: WED- Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition

LEARNING TARGET: I will understand and be able to identify different types of weathering.

VOCABULARY (We will do vocabulary boxes for each word.)

  1. sediment-solid material that is moved and deposited in a new location.
  2. sediment examples– Rocks, minerals, the remains of plants and animals. May be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a boulder.
  3. landform-A natural feature on the Earth’s surface.
  4. landform examples-Four major types: mountains, hills, plateaus, and plains. Minor include: buttes, canyons, valleys, basins, deltas and many, many others.
  5. weathering– The breaking down of rocks and other materials on the Earth’s surface.

OVERVIEW: Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition



  1. IMG_0268Title and date your page.
  2. Write the definition of weathering under the title.
  3. Glue the foldable in your journal so that it may open (see picture below).
  4. Use the resources below the journal entry description to fill in the information on the types of weathering.
  5. Open each flap. On the lined journal page, write the name of the type of weathering, the definition and/or description.
  6. On the opposite side (see image below) find three different types of this kind of weathering and describe how each happens.
  7. Finally- draw and color one example of each type on the outside of the “flap” as shown above.



  • PHYSICAL WEATHERING-The breaking down of rocks and earth without changing the chemical make-up. They are broken apart by a physical force.
  • BIOLOGICAL WEATHERING-The breaking down of rocks and earth by living organisms such as plants, animals, and bacteria. Can be physical or chemical.
  • CHEMICAL WEATHERING– The breaking down of rocks and earth due to chemical reactions that happen between the minerals in rocks and the environment.

THE MAIN TYPES OF WEATHERING: Chemical, Physical, and Biological (Journal page entry)

  1. BBC Weathering–
  2. The Geological Society: Weathering-

NOTE: Sometimes weathering is described as MECHANICAL and CHEMICAL

Weathering can be sorted into three groups: PHYSICAL, CHEMICAL, and BIOLOGICAL. People also sort weathering into two groups: MECHANICAL and CHEMICAL.

What’s the difference?

  • MECHANICAL weathering is basically includes all PHYSICAL weathering with BIOLOGICAL actions that break down the earth such as roots growing into rocks and animals burrowing through the ground.
  • CHEMICAL weathering includes all of the chemical break down of rocks including acids produced by plants that weaken and break down the rocks and the earth.
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