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Weathering and Erosion – How Mesas, Buttes, and Arches are Formed

Use this unit to help teach your science class about how and why the Earth’s surface is constantly changing!

In this unit on weathering and erosion, students will learn how the Colorado Plateau was formed and how mesas, buttes, spires, and arches are formed through geoscience processes like weathering and erosion.

Students will also learn how these changes are connected to the formation of new sedimentary rock. Your class will see that the Earth’s surface is always changing. 

This unit is great for reading comprehension and great for sub plans.

This unit on weathering and erosion includes:

     

      • Four pages of informational text 

      • Seven follow-up pages (text-dependent comprehension questions)

      • Interactive Notebook Folds

      • Claim, Evidence, Reasoning Page

      • Answer Keys

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    This hit some nice informational text standards and also some Earth Science standards. Great little science literacy unit.

    Donna W. 9/24/22

    This is a standards-aligned unit.

    It will help you cover NGSS MS-ESS2-2 and Utah SEEd 7.2.2.

    MS-ESS2-2: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.

    Utah SEEd 7.2.2: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales. Examples of processes that occur at varying time scales could include slow plate motions or rapid landslides. Examples of processes that occur at varying spatial scales could include the uplift of a mountain range or the deposition of fine sediments.

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