FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – Soil, Rocks, and Landforms (3rd Ed.)

Geology is the study of our planet's earth materials and natural resources. Because they are so ubiquitous and abundant, they are often take for granted. The Soils, Rocks, and Landforms Module provides students with firsthand experiences with soils, rocks, and minerals, and modeling experiences to study changes to rocks and landforms at Earth's surface. In this module, students will:

  • Investigate the processes of physical and chemical weathering of rocks and minerals.
  • Observe and compare the shapes of leaves; compare leaf shapes to geometric shapes.
  • Investigate the composition of soils from four different locations; observe and compare local soils.
  • Observe weather by using senses and simple tools.
  • Use stream tables to investigate how the slow processes of erosion and deposition alter landforms; predict the results of a student-designed stream-table investigation, and then compare actual results to predictions.
  • Use physical tools and a table of diagnostic properties to make observations and identify minerals in common rocks.
  • Make observations and interpret them to develop explanations in the way that scientists do.
  • Observe how earth materials are used in the community around school, and consider the ways people impact natural resources.

For a description of each investigation in the Soil, Rocks, and Landforms Module and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the Module Overview PDF.

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