Erosion Big Lab

Erosion Lab

Grades 4 - 6

Explore land and water formations at the Big Lab’s 12-foot long stream table in Exploration Grove! After working together as a large group, students will break into small teams to design experiments to test the impacts of erosion.

Erostion Table

Learning Goals and Activities:

See below for questions your students may ask, and the scientific activities that will help them explore, explain, and elaborate on their understanding of erosion.

What is erosion? How does land erode? Which landforms can erosion help create?
Hands-on interaction with the 12-foot long stream table in Exploration Grove.

Can natural formations resist erosion?
Hands-on experiment design in small groups.

How can man-made structures be protected against erosion?
Hands-on design challenge to protect structures from erosion and flooding.


California State Science Standards

4th Grade
Earth Sciences: 5.a, 5.c
Investigation and Experimentation: 6.a, 6.b, 6.c, 6.d

5th Grade
Investigation and Experimentation: 6.a, 6.b, 6.c, 6.d, 6.e

6th Grade
Shaping Earth's Surface: 2.a, 2.b
Investigation and Experimentation: 7.a, 7.d, 7.e, 7.h