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Erosion and Prediction of a Photograph

Lesson Overview

Overview: Students will view environmental photographs and be able  to describe the erosion taking place and predict what will happen next.
Grade Range: 6-8
Objective: After completing this activity students will be able to:
  • Identify the different types of erosion.
  • Predict what ecological events will take place. 
Time Required: One class period of 45 minutes.
Discipline/Subject: Scicence
Topic/Subject: Environment, Conservation
Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1876-1900, Great Depression/World War II, 1929-1945

 


Standards

Illinois Learning Standards:
Common Core Standards:

                                       CC.6.R.I.3: Key ideas and details
                                       CC.6.R.I.7: Integration of knowledge and ideas

 


Materials

Analysis Tools: Environmental Photographs: Erosion and Prediction Sheet (available on PDF)
PowerPoint Slides: Available on PDF
Library of Congress Items: Eroding clay bluff, Clay Bluff, Illinois
  Contrast between eroded and tree covered areas, Wisconsin
  Exposure to Cincinnati limestone and shale, Richmond, Indiana
Online Resources: Library of Congress American Memory, American Environmental Photograph Collection
Other: iPad

 


Procedures 

1. Use a Power Point slide to review what erosion is and what it means to make a prediction. Power Point
2. Pass out the Environmental Photographs: Erosion and Prediction Sheet Analysis Tools
3. Read through the worksheet with the students to familiarize them with the questions Analysis Tools
4. Project the "Eroding clay bluff" and "Contrast between eroded and tree covered area" pictures on the Power Point and pass the Exposure of Cincinnati limestone and shale, Richmond, Indiana" picture around on the iPad. Library of Congress Items
Power Point
iPad 
5. Students will analyze the pictures with the Environmental Photographs worksheet and answer the questions. Analysis Tools
6. Teacher will answer questions students might have and collect the Environmental Photographs worksheet.  

 


Evaluation

Teacher assessment of hte Environmental Photographs: Erosion and Prediction Sheet. Verbally evaluate students in class through discussion.