Lesson Worksheet: Weathering Science • 4th Grade

In this worksheet, we will practice identifying, describing, and comparing types of weathering and investigating the effects of weathering.


When sand is blown by wind against rock, it can cause the rock to wear away. This process is an example of abrasion.

Fill in the blank: Abrasion is a type of .

  • Aweathering
  • Bdeposition
  • Cerosion


The forces of plants growing in and around rocks can cause rocks to break up into smaller pieces.

Physical Weathering Stone, plants growing in and around rocks

What is this type of process called?

  • APhysical weathering
  • BErosion
  • CDeposition
  • DChemical weathering


Which of the following can cause weathering?

  • AAnimals
  • BWind
  • CWater
  • DPlants
  • EAll of the above


Fill in the blank: is the breakdown or wearing away of rock.

  • AWeathering
  • BErosion
  • CDeposition


Emma and Daniel are talking about chemical weathering. Who is correct?

  • AEmma
  • BDaniel


Weathering can occur when rain that has mixed with chemicals in the air falls on rock.

What type of weathering is this?

  • AChemical weathering
  • BPhysical weathering


Pits or holes in rock are evidence of chemical weathering. Has chemical weathering occurred in this limestone rock?

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  • ANo
  • BYes


Weathering can occur when the forces of wind or water cause rocks to wear away or break up into pieces.

Is this a type of physical or chemical weathering?

  • APhysical weathering
  • BChemical weathering


Glaciers are large sheets of ice that move slowly over land. They can cause a rock to crack and break up as they pass over it.


Is this a type of physical or chemical weathering?

  • AChemical weathering
  • BPhysical weathering


A student put some rocks in a container and added water. They shook the container for three minutes.

They noticed that the rocks had been broken up into smaller pieces.

What process were they modeling?

  • APhysical weathering
  • BChemical weathering
  • CSedimenting

What would likely happen if they continued shaking the container for thirty minutes?

  • AThe rocks would break up into even smaller pieces.
  • BThe rocks would stay the same size.
  • CThe rocks would clump together into larger pieces.

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