Earth Processes in New York State

Earth Processes Earth Processes in New York State


In this unit of study, students try to figure out the origin of a bone that is found in local soil. Could it have belonged to a dinosaur? The mystery bone provides an introduction to the main ideas in this unit: rock formations and fossils are evidence of changes in a landscape over time; the effects of weathering and erosion can be observed and measured; the analysis of maps describes patterns of Earth’s features; and various solutions can be generated that reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.

Suggested Grade Placement: 4

Scheduling: 13 weeks