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Landforms Next Generation Science Unit

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2nd, Homeschool
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Learning Objective

TSW research, explore and test how Earth's surfaces change.


Learning about landforms and their effects on Earth's surface is a big part of the 2nd grade Next Gen Science Standards. This 4 week in-depth unit gives students hands on activities, STEM challenges and literacy connections, and math connections to help them understand the big idea, "Earth's surfaces change."

See this HUGE 130+ page unit in action ON THE BLOG!


• Landforms: 2-ESS2-1, 2-ESS2-2, 2-ESS2-3

Included in this packet:

• unit outline with the big idea and essential question for each week

• weekly detailed lesson plans

• 12 objective cards plus a blank objective card

• 18 writing prompt pages

• landform vocab word find

• landform vocab crossword puzzle

• 21 vocabulary word wall cards and definitions to use for matching word and definitions or find your partner games

• Anchor Chart Templates in full color and BW: landforms, mountain, valley, plain, plateau, volcano, cave, glacier, canyon, water, pond, lake, ocean, river, invent me steps, why landforms change

• answer keys when needed

• land and water virtual tour project with Google Earth (with math connection page included)

• landform type shared research small group project with QR codes or website links to articles for research

• comparing landscapes project with drone video links and observation pages (3 versions)

• landform photo cards with and without labels and definition cards for the "guess my landform" activity

• "Does Earth Have More Water or Land?" class graph label cards

• Globe Toss game recording sheet

• Land and water math mystery project page

• Bodies of water photo cards with labels

• STEM Challenge direction slides (problem, plan, build, share, publish), planning pages, and publishing pages: Ideal Island & Protect the Sandcastle

• Changing landscapes: discussion photo slide, find your partner photo cards, and recording sheet

• Science Experiment Labs: Earthquake structures, Effects of volcanoes

• Venn Diagram for erosion and weathering

• Weathering and Erosion Exploration Stations: station number and direction cards, recording handout


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area. Assessment does not include quantitative scaling in models.
Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land. Examples of solutions could include different designs of dikes and windbreaks to hold back wind and water, and different designs for using shrubs, grass, and trees to hold back the land.
Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly. Examples of events and timescales could include volcanic explosions and earthquakes, which happen quickly and erosion of rocks, which occurs slowly. Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of timescales.
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).


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