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Grade Three
What are landforms?

Landforms are features on the Earth’s surface. Can you tell the difference between mountains and mesas? Between plains and plateaus? View these web pages and see how they are created.

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Title: Sea to Sky
Description: In this lesson, students identify major landforms such as mountains, rivers, plains, canyons and plateaus. The then consider how engineers use knowledge of these landforms for transportation, mining, measuring natural hazards.
URL: https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/cub_earth ...

Title: Carve That Mountain
Description: With this activity, students build a model landforms and consider how engineers design roads and other structures in this sample terrain. The lesson includes background information and handouts.
URL: https://www.teachengineering.org/activities/view/cub_ea ...

Title: Landforms Glossary
Description: This glossary page has pictures and definitions of common landforms.
URL: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/landforms/gl ...

Title: Erosion and Weathering
Description: This lesson from PBS Learning Media includes a slide presentation describing factors that change landforms, a background essay, and discussion questions.
URL: https://witf.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ess05.sci.es ...

Title: Landforms
Description: Explore several landforms with this slide show. Then test yourself with the short quiz.
URL: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ ...

Title: Kid's Crossing
Description: This site offers links to educational weather and science resources for a primary to middle school audience.There are games and activities on clouds and lightning, the water cycle, hazardous weather, and our changing global climate.
URL: http://eo.ucar.edu/kids/

Title: Landform
Description: Here is a definition of "landform" and links to additional examples, including photographs from National Geographic.
URL: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/landfor ...

Title: Landforms: Face of the Earth
Description: Take a closer look at valleys, plateaus, mountains, plains, hills, loess, and glaciers.
URL: http://www.edu.pe.ca/southernkings/landforms.htm

Title: Types of Landforms
Description: There are many types of landforms on the earth's surface, and this page looks at many of them. Each is characterized by features such as its slope, elevation, soil and rock type, and how it was formed. You can also listen to a narration of the text.
URL: https://sciencestruck.com/types-of-landforms

Title: U.S. Landforms
Description: Learn about the landforms of the United States with this map.
URL: http://mrnussbaum.com/united-states/united_states_landf ...

Title: Australian Landforms
Description: Learn about some interesting landforms of Australia that include waterbodies, mountains, waterfalls and more.
URL: http://www.ga.gov.au/scientific-topics/national-locatio ...

Title: Glacier Landforms
Description: Check out these glacier landforms photos that include grooves and striations, moraines, drumlins, and more.
URL: http://nsidc.org/cryosphere/glaciers/gallery/grooves.ht ...

Title: World Landforms
Description: Click on a landform on the map to see a brief description and photograph. Find the "World Landform Identification" link to take a brief quiz.
URL: http://www.mrnussbaum.com/wlandforms/

Title: Landforms
Description: This site can help you learn and review various facts about landforoms Click on a name to learn about that landform. After each section, there is a short review quiz to check yourself.
URL: http://www.mcwdn.org/MAPS&GLOBES/LandForms.html

Title: Landform Detectives
Description: Uncover the processes of nature to reveal some of the most amazing landforms across the globe.
URL: https://www.jason.org/moved.html

Title: World Landforms of Earth
Description: Learn about every type of landform found on Earth.
URL: http://worldlandforms.com/

Title: Earth Sciences: Types of Landforms
Description: Here are photographs and descriptions of some common landforms. How many do you recognize?
URL: https://schooltutoring.com/help/earth-sciences-types-of ...

Title: Landforms of North America
Description: This map of North America shows the major mountain ranges and other landforms. There is an alphabetical list of these features with a brief description (use the numbers to navigate to all of the descriptions). There is also an option to see the major rivers.
URL: https://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/nalnd.htm

Title: Earth View
Description: View the entire Earth as it appears from space. Night or day, you can view current satellite images of our Earth. Get close up views of geographic features with the zoom in feature.
URL: http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/uncgi/Earth/action?opt= ...

Title: Extreme Science
Description: Extreme science is your source for information on science. Time, space, weather, earth science, creatures, and maps; this site has it all. This page links to hundreds of science resources. You are sure to find what you are looking for at Extreme Scien
URL: http://www.extremescience.com/index.html

Title: Color Landform Atlas of the United States
Description: Can you identify the landforms in your area or your state? Click on this map and learn more about your region of the United States.
URL: http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/states.html

Title: Climate
Description: Stay Afloat is similar to hangman. Guess a letter. If your letter is in the word, it will appear. If your letter is not in the word, an object is placed in the boat.
URL: https://www.funbrain.com/games/stay-afloat

Title: Shape It Up
Description: This lesson introduces students to the concept that landforms change over time due to forces such as wind, water, volcanism, and glaciation. The lesson includes an online simulation, handouts and teaching suggestions for a hands-on activity.
URL: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/shape-it-up/

Title: The Path to Mars
Description: This page provides a simple lesson plan in which the similarities of Earth and Mars are studied utilizing a video and research materials.
URL: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson- ...

Title: Loaves of Landforms
Description: In this lesson, students are introduced to landforms through a guided discussion and make examples from common materials.
URL: http://www.scholastic.com/browse/lessonplan.jsp?id=1580

Title: Geography Photos
Description: This collection of photographs includes landforms and other geographic features. They are described as free and copyright-friendly. Each includes information about the subject and the photographer, with directions to download.
URL: http://pics4learning.com/?view=sub&cat=Geography

Title: The Living Earth
Description: This page provides a lesson plan idea in which the effect of glaciers on landforms is studied with a hands-on investigation and by watching a video.
URL: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson- ...

Title: Unique Landforms
Description: This page provides a lesson plan in which the effect of erosion is studied utilizing a video and a internet research on the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, Antelope Canyon in Utah, and Pumpkin Patch Concretions in California.
URL: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson- ...

Title: Color Landform Atlas of the United States
Description: Do you need a map of your state for a lesson? This collection includes relief maps showing major landforms, county maps, satellite images, and historical maps.
URL: http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/