Deposition Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is deposition and how does it contribute to changes in land masses and world geography? This lesson plan builds upon an informative video lesson with a creative small group activity.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the process of deposition
  • list the different natural occurrences that cause deposition
  • outline the role of deposition in Earth's geography


1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
  • Butcher paper cut into individual pieces, two to three feet in length
  • Colored pencils or fine-tipped markers in assorted colors


  • Begin by asking the students to take turns trying to explain how islands form.
  • Play the video lesson What is a Deposition? - Definition & Explanation, pausing at 1:26.
    • What is deposition?
    • What does deposition have to do with the formation of islands?
    • The video lesson mentions volcanoes as a means of deposition. What other things could cause it?
  • Play the video lesson again and pause it at 3:00.
    • How does erosion lead to deposition?
    • Why are volcanoes so important in regard to deposition?
  • Play the video lesson and pause it at 4:12.
    • How does the water in rivers and oceans create deposition?
    • Why are glaciers pivotal in the process of deposition?
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson for the class at this time.
    • How does wind contribute to the process of deposition?
    • What does gravity have to do with deposition?
  • Review key points from the video lesson with the class.
  • Pass out the worksheet to the class now, one per student.
  • Instruct the students to work independently to complete the worksheet.
  • When all students have finished the worksheet, review each question and answer with the class as students self-correct any missed responses.

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