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Are you looking for better ways to integrate Siemens Science Day activities into your teaching? Access the Monthly Theme page to find relevant, interactive activities. Each month's theme is archived.
In this activity, students use a stream table to model the processes of erosion and streambed formation. The students make changes to the stream environment and make predictions about how these changes will affect the stream. They then study and sketch the resulting streams.
Students will gain an understanding of the physical characteristics and absorption of types of materials that make up soil.
In the first part of the activity, students will examine the physical characteristics of three types of materials that make up soils.
In the second part of the activity, students will observe the absorption and drainage properties of three types of materials that make up soils.
After completing this activity, students should be able to recognize that waves, wind, water and glaciers all break rock and soil into smaller particles and move them around. Students in grade 6 should also be able to explain how the flow of energy drives these processes.
In this activity, students will excavate a box containing several layers of sediment. They will then create a diagram of the geologic column and compare their diagram with diagrams from other groups. They will then work as a class to complete a comprehensive and sequential diagram of the overall geologic column.
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Level of Difficulty Scale Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.