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Science Clips, by the BBC, offers interactive science animations that can be manipulated by students in order to learn science content. Check out the "Rocks and Soils" science clip that relates to this inquiry.

Click here to visit the site., an award-winning site, offers original animated movies that answer kids' questions about health, science, and technology. The site provides an interactive quiz while movies load. Visit the site and watch one of the following rock-related movies:

Note: This is a subscription site, but selected movies are available without a subscription.


What on Earth Is Going on Here? by Veronica Rodriguez is a PowerPoint presentation which introduces the following concepts:

  • Earth Make-up
  • Continental Drift
  • Weathering (Mechanical and Chemical)
  • Erosion and Deposition

Veronica is a fifth grade teacher at Holt Crossing Intermediate School in Grove City, Ohio. Her presentation will work on any computer that has Microsoft PowerPoint. Note: Allow 10 minutes to download on a dial-up modem.


The United States Geological Survey has a wealth of geological information. Contained in this site is Ask a Geologist, where teachers and students can e-mail a USGS geologist with their rock and mineral questions.

Harcourt School Publishers offers three interactive activities for students. In Soil Composition, students learn about the different layers of soil. In Soil Formation, students order images to show the soil formation process. In Composting, students decide whether selected resources should be composted or recycled. Note: If you have an older browser, you may need to download Macromedia Shockwave to view movies.

Protecting Your Environment: An Interactive CD-ROM (selected for a 2001 Award of Excellence by the Environmental Education Council of Ohio) highlights steps that students, citizens, and policy makers can take to reduce environmental health risks. Includes downloadable photos, video clips, and interactive windows to illustrate risks such as indoor air quality, motor vehicle pollution, ozone depletion, drinking water, abandoned industrial sites, destruction of wetlands, loss of species diversity, food toxins, and waste disposal. Ohio EPA will provide a single copy at no charge to teachers and environmental educators as long as supplies last.

  • Erosion connection #1: From the Main Menu choose Understanding Environmental Risks: Living on the Land. View the Introduction, Uncontrolled Development, and Floods sections.
  • Erosion connection #2: From the Main Menu choose Participating in Environmental Protection: The Big Picture


NASA's Visible Earth is a searchable directory of Earth images. Check out their collection of images related to Erosion and Sedimentation.

Holmberg Technologies Inc. is a company that specializes in beach and bluff erosion restoration. Check out their before and after photos of locations they have restored. Once at the site, click on slide shows in the sidebar.

Science for Ohio's Stories of Erosion is a collection of information from multiple sources with accompanying pictures.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Soil and Water Conservation Service has a wealth of information specific to Ohioans. Visit their site to find out more about your local soil and water conservation district.


Erosion by Joshua Rutten is an excellent nonfiction read-aloud for the classroom with a balance of visual images and text. ISBN 1-56766-508-X


Erosion by Cherie Winner is an excellent nonfiction reference book for student information gathering. ISBN 1-57505-223-7


Soil Erosion and Pollution by Darlene R. Stille is an excellent nonfiction read-aloud or reference book for the elementary classroom. ISBN 0-516-01188-X


An Inside Look: The Environment by Michael Allaby is an excellent nonfiction reference book with wonderful images and clear text. The "Environmental Damage" section (pp. 45-48) makes a nice introductory read-aloud for What Are the Different Kinds of Erosion. ISBN 0-8368-2725-2


Sand on the Move: The Story of Dunes by Roy A. Gallant is an excellent nonfiction reference book for student information gathering. ISBN 0-531-20334-4


Icebergs and Glaciers by Seymour Simon is an excellent nonfiction read-aloud or reference book. ISBN 0-688-06186-9 or 0-688-06187-7


Ice Caps and Glaciers by Clint Twist contains multiple simple activities to illustrate the characteristics of ice caps and glaciers. This is an excellent nonfiction reference book for student information gathering. ISBN 0-531-17396-8


Environmental Experiments About Land by Thomas R. Rybolt and Robert C. Mebane contains multiple land-related activities for home or classroom. Twenty pages of erosion-specific activities are included. ISBN 0-89490-411-6


How We Use and Abuse Our Planet: Land by Arthur Haswell uses photos and text to illustrate human impact on land. An excellent resource for student or teacher reference. ISBN 1-929298-59-5


Mountains by Seymour Simon is an excellent nonfiction read-aloud or reference book. ISBN 0-688-11041-X


Caves and Caverns by Gail Gibbons tells the story of cave formation through erosion, cave creatures, and the human-cave connection. An excellent elementary read-aloud or reference book. ISBN 0-15-226820-0


Landslides, Slumps, and Creep by Peter Goodwin is an excellent nonfiction reference book for student information gathering. ISBN 0-531-20332-8


Canyons by Don P. Rothaus is an excellent nonfiction read-aloud or student information gathering book. ISBN 1-56766-322-2


One Small Square: Cave by Donald M. Silver is an excellent nonfiction reference book for student information gathering. ISBN 0-7167-6514-4


The Pebble in My Pocket: A History of our Earth by Meredith Hooper uses a pebble to tell the story of the past 480 million years of the Earth's history. A wonderful read-aloud with a nice combination of pictures and factual information. ISBN 0-670-86259-2


The Big Rock by Bruce Hiscock tells the story of a big rock and how over time it came to rest in a wooded section of the Adirondack Mountains in New York. An excellent read-aloud for all ages. ISBN 0-689-31402-7


How Mountains Are Made by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld uses colorful illustrations to tell the story of mountain formation. ISBN 0-06-024510-7


Science Is... by Susan Bosak is a "must-have" teacher and homeschool resource with a variety of quality activities for classrooms in all areas of science. ISBN 0-590-74070-9


Geology Rocks: 50 Hands-On Activities to Explore the Earth by Cindy Blobaum is an excellent activities resource for teachers, parents, and children. ISBN 1-885593-29-5


Geology Crafts for Kids: 50 Nifty Projects to Explore the Marvels of Planet Earth by Alan Anderson, Gwen Diehn, and Terry Krautwurst is an excellent activities resource for teachers, parents, and children. ISBN 0-8069-8156-3


Hands-on Nature: Information and Activities for Exploring the Environment with Children by The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is a wonderful teacher resource which contains hundreds of activities, including outdoor investigations, puppet shows, and more. The Erosion and the Pebbles and Rocks puppet shows are especially appropriate for an erosion unit. Assign small groups of students to create props and conduct this puppet show for your class or other classes. This is a great life science resource for the elementary classroom. Copies can be ordered at 1-800-421-1561. ISBN 1-58465-078-8