4th Grade PBL Science | Weathering & Erosion | NGSS Data & Graphing


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4th Grade PBL Science | Weathering & Erosion | NGSS Data & Graphing


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This 3-week project-based learning (science-focused) research-based unit is the perfect way to teach reading, writing, research skills, and science in one engaging, real-world unit. Your students will use key standards, such as research, reading comprehension, and graphing in a real-life scenario. The best part about PBL is that student choice and differentiation are built in!

Driving Question: How can I communicate information on the effects of weathering and the rate of erosion with people in the community?

NGSS Standards Covered:

  • NGSS-4-ESS2-1
    Make obervations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.


Students are challenged to the effects of weathering and erosion. The students will then come design a graph to show the change in erosion rates over time on a chosen region.

Banish those boring worksheets and get your students excited about real life learning! This 3-week project covers the following skills:

  • Research
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Explanatory Writing
  • Design & Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Weathering
  • Erosion
  • Graphing & Data Displays


Included in this Resource:

  • Lesson Outline
  • Sample Pacing
  • Teacher Guide with Lesson Plans
  • Scaffolded Research Notes
  • Engineering Design Process Overview
  • Rubric & Sample Answers


Plus, a BONUS digital version is included as well!



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