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Earth Science: Rock Formations

by Texas Instruments - Simulation Lesson


  • Students will observe weathering and erosion due to wave action and gravity.


  • weathering
  • deposition
  • erosion
  • gravity
  • abrasion
  • geoscience processes

About the Lesson

In this lesson, students will make observations of weathering and erosion by waves and gravity.  Students will use their observations to match the actions of the waves to the processes that shape the earth. A guided lesson video (optional) is also available for this activity. The video is targeted at students and designed to help guide them through the interactive exploration and the concepts covered within. (It may also be helpful for teachers who may be using the activity for the first time.) 

As a result, students will:

  • Understand that weathering is the physical or chemical breakdown of rock.
  • Understand that erosion is the process of carrying rock away.
  • Understand that geoscience processes can change the Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
This activity was created using Lua. Learn more about Lua in TI-Nspire here.