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Landform Word Wall - 32 terms with photos of US landforms

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3rd - 5th
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Are you looking for a way to teach essential landform vocabulary? These cards will do the trick!

Use these Word Cards to teach the landforms AND help your students connect to real world examples in the US. Each card includes the word and definition in an easy-to-read font. The cards also include full color photos of landforms in the United States! The real world connection makes these an authentic addition to your landforms unit OR a unit on the 50 states OR a unit on geography of the US!

This resource includes 32, full-color Word Cards featuring these terms and places.

  • archipelago - Aleutian Islands; Alaska
  • beach - Malibu Beach; California
  • butte - Mitten and Merrick Buttes; Colorado
  • basin - Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Bay - Chesapeake Bay; Virginia
  • canyon - the Grand Canyon; Arizona
  • cape - Cape Cod; Massachusetts
  • cave - Mammoth Cave; Kentucky
  • cliff - Cliff Palace; Colorado
  • desert - Death Valley; California
  • delta - Mississippi River Delta; Louisiana
  • gorge - Columbia River Gorge; Washington
  • gulf - Gulf of Mexico; many states
  • geyser - Old Faithful Geyser; Wyoming
  • glacier - Alaska
  • hill - Painted Hills, Oregon
  • island - Kauai; Hawaii
  • isthmus - Lakes Mendota and Monona; Wisconsin
  • lake - Great Lakes; many states
  • mesa - Monument Valley; Arizona
  • mountain - Rocky Mountains; Montana
  • mountain range - Appalachian Mountains; Kentucky
  • ocean - Atlantic Ocean
  • peninsula - Florida
  • plains - Yellowstone Park; Wyoming
  • plateau - Horseshoe Bend; Arizona
  • river - Mississippi River; Missouri
  • sand dune - Sand Hills; Nebraska
  • valley - Columbia River Valley; Washington/Oregon
  • volcano - Augustine Volcano; Alaska

For tips and ideas to bring this to your classroom, check out this blog post at Ms. Cotton's Corner.com.


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Total Pages
19 pages
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Teaching Duration
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