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Geographic Landforms Activities for Elementary School

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

If you're looking for new ideas to make learning about geographic landforms more engaging, you've come to the right place! This lesson includes several activities that are designed to make learning about this important topic meaningful and fun.

Geographic Landforms: A Challenging Subject for the Classroom

Although students generally love talking about mountains, valleys, cliffs, and plateaus, it is often difficult to help them understand the scientific importance of these landforms when they are sitting in a classroom. This is simply because viewing pictures and videos sometimes isn't enough to fully understand the scale and grandeur of these features. The activities below are designed to give students a chance to more meaningfully explore Earth's geographic landforms and learn about many scientific concepts associated with them.

Explore Earth on the Internet

A great way to engage students using technology is to have them explore the Earth using any of the variety of 3D internet-based mapping systems that are available to schools. You can either have students explore the Earth freely, or assign them particular landforms to look at. Students can be encouraged to take notes or even sketch what they see, exploring further based on what interests them. This is a great way to help students understand the grand scale of the Earth and its physical features.

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