Resource Types: Kits
As water flows through a stream channel, a dynamic balance of sediment erosion and deposition is constantly taking place. Water velocity is one of the main influences on sediment behavior in a stream system. Within a stream channel, sediment is typically eroded in faster-moving water and deposited in slower-moving water. In this lesson, students will actively explore how a stream’s water velocity influences sediment erosion, deposition and transport through activities and simulations. Students will flow through a stream channel as water to understand how water velocity influences sediment erosion, transport, and deposition. In the final activity, students will examine a topographic map of local streams to identify the physical characteristics that were covered in the lesson.
Minnesota Science Standards: 22.214.171.124.1, 126.96.36.199.4, 188.8.131.52.2, 184.108.40.206.1, 220.127.116.11.2, 18.104.22.168.1, 22.214.171.124.1, 126.96.36.199.1, 188.8.131.52.1, 184.108.40.206.2, 220.127.116.11.2,
Credit: Science Institute for Educators 2012-2013