Materials List: Mini-Landslide

Each group needs:

  • Model House Template
  • cardstock, 1 sheet, for construction of model houses
  • transparent tape
  • scissors
  • markers, colored pencils, or crayons to decorate houses
  • 2 small paper cups; one for water, one for test material
  • Mini-Landslide Worksheet, one per student

To share with the entire class:

Note: Most of the following materials can be reused, some for the Survive That Tsunami activity in Lesson 6 of the Natural Disasters unit.

  • 2 ft (.6 m) section of plastic downspout (available at hardware stores; ~$5)
  • 1 small bag of sand
  • 1 small bag of gravel
  • 1 small bag of volcanic (lava) potting rock (available at garden and landscaping stores)
  • plastic bins to hold, wet and store the sand, gravel and volcanic potting rock (optional, but helpful)
  • 1 large, shallow, plastic waterproof tub (8-in x 14-in x 30-in or 20-cm x 36-cm x 76-cm, clear plastic is better but not necessary)
  • plastic scoop (optional, or use small paper cup)
  • duct tape
  • scissors (to cut downspout plastic)
  • ruler (or tape measure)
  • stack of books, stool or chair, to support downspout