Investigating Erosion and Deposition

Earth ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: Mini-Stream Tables and Trowels

ENGAGE - Students Observe This Phenomenon


GATHER Energy Investigations


graphic organizer summarizing learning process for this activity

EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience

Working in teams of 4, students will use the included mini-stream tables to explore the processes of erosion, deposition and weathering, in an attempt to recreate the forces and processes that they think formed this canyon andthis delta. Then they will research the formation of these two Georgia landscapes: Providence Canyon and the Altamaha River delta, and compare historical accounts to their own explanations or claims.


Students can complete the Breaking It Down: Weathering and Erosion lesson from public television series Nature, in which they perform a series of experiments to demonstrate and compare mechanical and chemical weathering, erosion, and deposition.  They can also explore:

Why rivers have deltas from MinuteEarth


Students should be able to distinguish among constructive and deconstructive forces (weathering, erosion, and deposition) and to demonstrate understanding by sorting cards with this illustrated quizlet and playing Weathering and Erosion Jeopardy with the class. Reteaching can be done with the Shape it Up interactive game on geological processes from AAAS.


Students can learn more about the Dust Bowl, including its causes and solutions, by exploring resources at the end of CPF’s Dust Bowl & the Dirty Thirties lesson.  These Best Practices for Soil Conservation provide strategies that students can model in the school garden. Virtual River is an online sumulation challenge.



After making sense of a core idea by engaging in science or engineering practices through the lens of crosscutting concepts, students revise their original explanations of a phenomenon.


Students may propose solutions and choose a project such as identifying erosion and deposition on school grounds and mitigating it.