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Modeling Earth Processes: Destructive Forces Kit

Item # 331118 Online Only This product is not available in our print catalog. Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply. With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.

Product Highlights

  • Use models to explore destructive Earth processes such as sinkholes, landslides, and glaciers.
  • In addition to earth science, these materials can be used in a high school physics course.
  • High school laboratory investigation with enough materials for 15 lab groups.
  • Carolina Kits 3D®—Labs that use phenomena to support NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction



This item will ship on or about 8/4/21

Use models to explore destructive Earth processes such as sinkholes, landslides, and glaciers in the classroom. In this series of 3 investigations, students discover mechanisms that cause changes in Earth's features. They observe different landscapes and think about the forces that may have caused them, model sinkholes and identify the conditions necessary for their formation, explore how glaciers affect the surface of Earth, and collect data on the formation of landslides.

Curriculum Connection
While designed for a stand-alone earth science course, this series of activities could be incorporated into a high school physics course.

Time Requirements
Teacher prep, 60 minutes. Completing the activities, approximately 1 week (195 minutes).

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include digital teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Performance Expectations
HS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to illustrate how Earth's internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features.

Crosscutting Concepts
Stability and Change

Disciplinary Core Ideas
ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions

Science and Engineering Practices
Developing and Using Models

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Students should be familiar with Earth's structure, have a basic understanding that water impacts its surface features, and understand that humans have an impact on Earth's systems.

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Components Qty Included?
Plastic Tubes 3 Included
Plastic Cups, 9-0z 20 Included
Paper Cups, 6-oz 25 Included
Red Clay Dirt 1 Included
Steel Nuts 15 Included
Aluminum Nuts 16 Included
White Sand 1 Included
Cardboard, 8" x 11" 16 Included
Sandpaper 8 Included
Modeling Clay 1 Included
Plastic Culture Cups 20 Included
White Quartz Sand 1 Included
Sugar 1 Included
Dish Detergent 1 Included
Cornstarch 1 Included
Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription) 1 Included
Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Beaker, 400-mL Needed, Not Included
Dissecting Needles or Pins Needed, Not Included
Plastic Spoons Needed, Not Included
Freezer Needed, Not Included
Ice Cube Trays (enough to make 3 ice cubes per lab group) Needed, Not Included
Timers or Stopwatches Needed, Not Included
Balance Needed, Not Included
Protractor Needed, Not Included
Rulers Needed, Not Included
Graduated Cylinder, 100-mL Needed, Not Included
Permanent Markers Needed, Not Included
Spray Bottles Needed, Not Included
Small, Resealable Plastic Bags Needed, Not Included
Aluminum Foil Needed, Not Included
Wooden Toothpicks Needed, Not Included
Glue Sticks Needed, Not Included
Cardboard tubes from paper towel rolls Needed, Not Included
Tape Needed, Not Included
Paper Towels Needed, Not Included
Water Needed, Not Included