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A reading lesson on earth science.
 

SURFACE CHANGES ON EARTH

A science lesson on weathering and other processes that change the surface of the Earth. Includes printable teaching reading comprehension lesson worksheets.

 

Objectives:

  • Students will learn some of the natural processes that change Earth's surface, including weathering.
  • Students will see that observations of today's ongoing processes explain changes in Earth's past.
  • Students will learn specific causes of long-term changes on Earth's surface.

Suggested Grades:

4th Grade - 5th Grade - 6th Grade

 



 
 
 

 

SURFACE CHANGES ON EARTH LESSON

 

Directions:

Print the Surface Changes on Earth reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

 

Students should read the passage silently, then answer the questions.  Teachers may also use the text as part of a classroom lesson plan.

 

Lesson Excerpt

     The Earth is a constantly changing planet.  Many of those changes happen on the surface where we can see and measure them.  Earth has been changing for a very long time.  Some of the changes happen fairly quickly.  Some changes happen slowly over millions of years.  Scientists believe that the processes that have changed the Earth in the past still happen today.  This idea is known as the principle of uniformity.  In other words, the same changes we can see happening on Earth today also happened in the past.  This helps us understand why the Earth is the way it is today. 

     Weathering is a very important process of surface change.  Weathering can be defined as the breaking down of the lithosphere by the action of wind, water, ice, plants, animals, and chemical changes.  Remember that the lithosphere is the solid part of Earth.  Weathering is a very slow process.  It is also a continuous process.  It affects all substances that are exposed to the atmosphere.

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Surface Changes on Earth Lesson and Worksheet

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