This post originally appeared on the blog Elementary Nest.
Science in the primary grades needs to be incredibly engaging and informational for your young students. Some of this information they’re hearing for the very first time. The new vocabulary on its own is hard enough for the kiddos. So making sure the content and lessons delivered are engaging is very important. I’ve blogged about a few scientific topics for primary grades so far. I will continue to add more blog posts for primary science at Elementary Nest. So far, I have blogged all about weather, habitats, spring life cycles, fall life cycles, and the water cycle.
I don’t think teaching a science unit without a BrainPop Jr. video is possible. My students always responded to Annie and Moby. In this Brain Pop Jr. video, the students will learn in general what a landform is, but also learn a little bit about specific landforms as well.
You gotta love a collection of books. This collection was compiled by Linda Kamp at Around the Kampfire. Head to your local library and rent out a ton of books on landforms. Put them in the students’ reading centers or in the middle of their tables for early finishers. Letting the students explore these books and get great visuals is a great opportunity to extend your unit.
(Source: Landforms Unit)
After videos and book exploration, it is time to start learning the specifics about different types of landforms. This will help solidify their knowledge of what a landform is and how they can all differ. In the image above, you see a few activities for canals. The students will read about what a canal is and then do many follow up activities to help learn more about canals. In my unit, I cover many different types of landforms (canyon, canal, detlta, glacier, island, mountain, peninsula, plateau, volcano, isthmus, river).
-True or False Cutting Page
(Source: Landform Unit)
At the end of the landform unit, there are a few review pages that mixes all of the landforms together. This is a good chance for students to review their information. And if you’re looking for an assessment piece, this will work great!
(Link: Landforms flip book)
I also have a set of flip books available. These help the students with quick learning! They can be used at the end of the unit or throughout. There is one big flip book for landforms in general, then there are mini flip books for specific landforms, such as valleys that you see above.
(Source: The Chaos and the Clutter– left) (Source: Playdough to Plato– right)
Cheap, fun ways to teach how hills, mountains, and plateaus happen. These two ideas are great for also teaching about the more difficult science topics like plate tectonics.
(Source: Chalk Talk)
(Source: Landform FREEBIE)
Here is a fun freebie to help test your kiddos’ new knowledge. As a type of review game, you can use this freebie in two ways. One way is to create a matching game where they have to match the landform image to the landform description. Another way to use the freebie is to create an anchor chart template and have the students complete the anchor chart for you. They could even make the anchor chart themselves.
Download that here.
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Jessica Tobin is a teacher blogger. She started her Teachers Pay Teachers journey in 2012 when she started making free products and blogging at Elementary Nest. She has completed 6 years of teaching in most of the primary grades (K-2). She has a Masters Degree in Gifted and Talented education. Jessica leads webinars throughout the year on various topics, such as ELA and math block tips, fluency instruction, and end of the year organizational tips. Follow along with Jessica on her Instagram, Facebook page, Elementary blog, and her TpT store.