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More Than Just a Chip off the Old Block

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More Than Just a Chip off the Old Block
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A Very Quick Reader

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.03

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    sediment, material, rocks, soil, appear, often, shrink, during, become, form, itself, than, while, expand, year, part


More Than Just a Chip off the Old Block
By Erin Horner
  

1     All of the soil in your backyard did not magically appear one night while you were sleeping. While soil is always being created, the process is a very slow one. It can take 1,000 years to form just one inch of soil! Soil does not have parents, but it is created from parent material. Parent material begins as rock. Often, the parent material is sediment that has been moved by wind, rain, or other forces. The breaking down of rocks, often brought about by weather, creates soil. We call this process "weathering." During hot summer months, rocks expand slightly. When the seasons change, and the weather once again turns cold, the rocks shrink. As .....
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Soil
             Soil


Science
             Science


    Careers in Science  
 
    Caring for Earth  
 
    Clouds  
 
    Dinosaurs  
 
    Earth's Land  
 
    Earth  
 
    Earthquakes  
 
    Electricity  
 
    Energy  
 
    Erosion  
 
    Food Pyramid  
 
    Food Webs and Food Chain  
 
    Forces and Motion  
 
    Fossils  
 
    Health and Nutrition  
 
    How Things Work  
 
    Landforms  
 
    Life Science  
 
    Light  
 
    Magnets  
 
    Matter  
 
 
    Moon  
 
    Natural Disasters  
 
    Photosynthesis  
 
    Plant and Animal Cells  
 
    Plants  
 
    Rocks and Minerals  
 
    Science Process Skills  
 
    Scientific Notation  
 
    Seasons  
 
    Simple Machines  
 
    Soil  
 
    Solar System  
 
    Sound  
 
    Space and Stars  
 
    Sun  
 
    Tsunami  
 
    Volcanoes  
 
    Water Cycle  
 
    Water  
 
    Weather  
 



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