The Landforms Lesson Plan explores basic landforms and the characteristics of each. Develop vocabulary and stimulate critical thinking as students identify landforms using basic vocabulary, and compare and contrast the differences between each type. This interactive lesson engages concept imagery when used with a world map to display and identify the various landforms throughout the world. Solidify understanding and foster creativity as students plan the location of and create their own landform, then leverage peer learning with group presentations.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
1. Ask students: What is the highest place on Earth called? What is the lowest place? What is the driest place? What is the hottest/coldest place? (or other similar questions)
2. Allow for responses and discussion. Lead discussion to the different types of landforms described by their responses.
3. Distribute Landforms content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
4. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. (The list of supplies may be increased using other available materials.) Encourage students to take their time and plan the location of each landform on the provided paper before beginning. They can also use the scratch paper to create mountains by forming them into coned figures using tape/glue.
5. Once completed, students will share their drawings with the class and describe at least one landform in detail to the class. Display completed drawings.
6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
7. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses. For part one, ask students why the image represents each landform. Use the final part of the homework
with the closing question to the lesson.
8. In closing, ask: Which landform might be your favorite type to visit and explore?
9. Allow for responses and discussion.
Common Core State Standards:
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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