Landforms Lesson Plan

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.

Planning to teach your students about landforms? Use this lesson plan to help you teach students the definitions of landforms and how to identify different kinds of landforms around the United States. Using technology, they will then research one landform thoroughly.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define several different types of common landforms
  • identify and locate various types of landforms around the United States


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.



  • Introduce the lesson by showing the class the video lesson Landform: Definition & Types. As the video plays, ask students to take note of any key terms presented in the lesson.
  • Pause the video at 3:32. Ask students to provide to you the key terms that they noted, writing the terms and student-provided definitions on the board.
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson. Use the review of the terms to check students observations about terms and definitions. Did they get all of the words and their meanings?
  • Distribute the related quiz and have students complete it to test their understanding.
  • The next video lesson will outline specific types of landforms. Ask students to write down the names of landforms they might be interested in knowing more about.
  • Show the video lesson Major Landforms in the United States. If you wish, you can pause after each section to discuss the landforms that were mentioned.

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