Are you looking for a new way to review landforms?
I find that my sixth graders arrive in my social studies class with only a basic understanding of landforms. They understand mountains, oceans, etc. but something like a strait, an isthmus, or the fact that a river runs downhill and therefore starts in the mountains, escapes them. I’ve developed this short unit to remedy that problem.
In the past we have looked up selected terms and defined them on flashcards. As you can imagine, students are bored to death with that approach. You can use any instructional approach that works for you but I have included some links to instructional videos, games and a Quizlet set to aid in review.
After we reviewed we started this project. Students chose 10 landforms, define them, sketch them and create a rough draft of their islands. They can create any kind of "island" that they want. I've had ice cream cones, Star Wars ships, softball equipment, and Nike shoes. The island include a "birds eye view" of their selected landforms. Students are then graded on the accuracy of their landforms.
This year using the online resources (links provided in instructions) combined with the actual project (my work and provided in this document) my students were highly engaged and very excited about their products!