Earth Science
S5E1. Students will identify surface features of the Earth caused by constructive and destructive processes.
a. Identify surface features caused by constructive processes.
• Deposition (Deltas, sand dunes, etc.)
• Earthquakes
• Volcanoes
• Faults
b. Identify and find examples of surface features caused by destructive processes.
• Erosion (water—rivers and oceans, wind)
• Weathering
• Impact of organisms
• Earthquake
• Volcano
c. Relate the role of technology and human intervention in the control of constructive and destructive processes. Examples include, but are not limited to
• Seismological studies,
• Flood control, (dams, levees, storm drain management, etc.)
• Beach reclamation (Georgia coastal islands)


Land Formation – site with good basic information and images of the examples of types of constructive and destructive forces. (S5E1)

OneGeology Kids – good visual resources for earth science. Check out links for Earth Processes (weathering and erosion), Earthquakes, and Volcanoes (S5E1).

Study Jams – short “Brain Pop” type videos on Landforms, Weathering and Erosion, Volcanoes, Earthquakes (S5E1)

Science Netlinks - Forces Interactive in which you have to determine what type of force caused the earth to change and how long it took to change it.

PBS – Wilson and Ditch – Digging America – Grand Canyon – gopher characters explain the Grant Canyon (S5E1.b)

BBC Bitesize – Rocks and Weathering great overview and review of rock formations and weathering. (S5E1.b)

The Tech Museum's Earthquakes: flash animations and photographs describing plate tectonics, faults, seismograms, seismographs, and other topics. You can click to see animations of divergent, convergent, and transformational movements of plates. (S5E1a)

Kinetic City: Shape It Up - (S5E1 a,b) The activity presents students with "before" and "after" images of a piece of Earth. Students then have to select the force nature and the span of time it took to create the "after" picture. If students choose incorrectly, Shape It Up will tell the student and they can choose again. (Courtesy of Free Technology for Teachers)

USGS Earthquakes For Kids: (S5E1 a, b, c) This site is full of different resources about earthquakes. It includes: Learning Links, Animations, Earthquake Pictures, Puzzles & Games, Latest Earthquakes, Today in Earthquake History, Become an Earthquake Scientist, The Science of Earthquakes, and Science Fair Project Ideas.