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Weathering the Elements

In a unit on weathering, fourth-graders experimented with how the outdoor elements like acid rain, freezing water, or temperature changes can affect rocks. They studied sandstone, limestone, marble, and basalt. In a recent experiment, they applied vinegar to the rock.

Along the way, the students applied the scientific method steps of making observations, asking questions, forming a hypothesis, making a prediction based on the hypothesis, and testing the prediction.

“Our fourth-grade weathering unit allows for hands-on learning opportunities. These real-world experiences provide an engaging learning environment in which they can work together while developing their critical thinking skills,” said Teacher Tara Drazner.

To view pictures of the activity, please visit the school's Facebook page.