Landforms and Bodies of Water Teaching Resource

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3rd, 4th, 5th
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156.4 MB   |   34 student pages + 45 slides pages


Use this geography resource to teach the basic definitions of 20 physical features of the Earth with an interactive PowerPoint that includes student printables. Use the 20 color posters as a resource for students to use to complete a 12 page Mini-Book.

It also includes instructions on a salt and flour landforms and bodies of water project! The unit covers 14 landforms and 6 bodies of water. Add these resources to your existing lessons or to complement your unit.

PowerPoint with Printable
Start with this animated PowerPoint to introduce the landforms and bodies of water. Each landform or body of water has 2 slides. One to access prior knowledge and front load vocabulary, and another to give a formal definition. There’s also a question and answer related to the landform and body of water. Finally, an animated avatar presents an interesting fact. As the slides are presented, the students follow along on the Student Sheet trying to match illustrations of the landforms and bodies of water to the slide. They also add key words. To keep students motivated, lots of great sounds have been added (can be turned off by just lowering volume).

Watch a PREVIEW of the Powerpoint Animation HERE

Posters and Vocabulary Cards
The slides have been reformatted to make 20 portrait posters of each of the landforms and bodies of water. They are in color. Print once, laminate and use for years. The posters have also been formatted to make quarter size vocabulary cards to use in small groups or for games.

A black and white student Mini-Book is also included in which the student identifies each landform and body of water. Then adds key words and a definition, essentially making an illustrated glossary. It can also be used to assess or as homework.

Salt and Flour Project
There are instructions for making the salt and flour dough. Students just need a shoe box top or piece of study cardboard, salt and flour dough and some paint. Photos of completed projects made by students are included as a reference. Great for Open House or independent projects!

These are the landforms and bodies of water included in this kit:
★ bay
★ butte
★ canyon
★ coast
★ desert
★ glacier
★ gulf
★ hill
★ island
★ isthmus
★ lake
★ mesa
★ mountain
★ peninsula
★ plain
★ plateau
★ river
★ valley
★ volcano
★ waterfall

When you download this resource there will be a zipped file containing:
1. PowerPoint File
2. Presenter’s Notes for Reference PDF
3. PowerPoint Printable Student Sheet PDF
4. Posters and Vocabulary Cards PDF
5. Mini-Book PDF
6. Read Me First Teacher Directions and Notes PDF

If you’re searching for more Social Studies Resources, check out these Interactive Digital Notebooks for Google Slides for grades 3 - 5:
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Total Pages
34 student pages + 45 slides
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Teaching Duration
1 Week

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Landforms and Bodies of Water Teaching Resource