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Teaching Landforms Can Be Fun!
3 Apr, 2014. 6 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten Science, Science, Social Studies. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I will be 100% honest…Knowing that “landforms” were coming up in the curriculum did not have me jumping for joy. I love, love, love teaching science and social studies but this theme was not one of my favorites. However, I wanted to make it exciting and fun for my students and decided that I would create a unit that was going to be memorable, hands-on, and fun for my students and once I finished it, I WAS excited about teaching this unit! 
I started by thinking about what my students HAD to know. The standards dictated that they must be able to name and identify these landforms:
islands
mountains
hills
plains
plateaus
oceans
continents
rivers
streams
canyons
volcanoes 
and caves
Therefore, I created posters that I knew my students would love. In my opinion, in order for students to really understand the landforms, they need to see real life versions of them. These posters have become an integral part of our unit this week!
Our first big activity with landforms was early on in the week. After learning a little bit about a few of the landforms, I grouped my students up and had them draw their landform and write a few facts about them. 
I gave each group their landform’s poster, an anchor chart, and they got to work.
Each team member had to contribute to the drawing and to the facts.
They worked so nicely together and incorporated so much of their knowledge to their posters. 
It was really great to hear their conversations and to see how on-task they were! 
 After about 30 minutes of work, I called all my students to the carpet to share. My students explained what their picture was and why they drew it the way they did. Then they read their facts. 
 After each group shared, the audience gave them three compliments and asked them a question. 
 This was a great way for my students to apply their knowledge about the landforms!
 This afternoon we did another landform group activity. However, this time, each group was given three different colors of play dough: blue, light green, and dark green. They then had to construct their landform and explain to other groups why it was that specific landform. 
This was a really great activity for team building and my kinesthetic learners!
 They loved being able to make their landforms with play dough!
Another fun activity that we did this week is going along with our on-going study of habitats. This week and last week we had been talking about the rainforest and we created these BEAUTIFUL morpho butterflies to go along with it. I can not take any credit for this craft! I found it here and fell in LOVE with it! 
To make this craft you need:
paper plates
blue tissue paper
glue
black paint
First, I had my students cut their plates into butterfly shapes. (We cut out v shapes on the top and bottom of their paper plates) Then, we used our glue sticks to cover the plates with the tissue paper.
After the plates were covered with tissue paper, my students painted the outline of the plates with black paint.
We also added a black line down the center of the butterfly.
I love the way they turned out!! 
Tomorrow is our science experiment and the kids are SUPER excited that we are making volcanoes tomorrow!! I hope you are having a great week! 
If you would like any of the landform activities, {and more!!} you can find them in my “All About Landforms” pack. To get it, simply click on the cover below! 
PS- Swing by this weekend for an AWESOME giveaway!! 

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6 Comments
  1. We are starting our landform/geography unit tomorrow (activating background knowledge) and I plan on incorporating some modeling with clay/play-doh as well. LOVE those posters though…hopefully your giveaway includes this unit!?:)
    SweetSchoolMoments

  2. Your cover is beautiful! I love your science units SO much! I’m sure this one is just as amazing as the others. :)

    Sarah
    Sarah’s First Grade Snippets

  3. Love it, as always!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue Skies

  4. Your landform unit is amazing!

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  6. Can you tell us what the adorable earth bulletin board is about? The one next to the rainforest board. It looks adorable but can’t figure it out. Thanks.

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  • We are starting our landform/geography unit tomorrow (activating background knowledge) and I plan on incorporating some modeling with clay/play-doh as well. LOVE those posters though…hopefully your giveaway includes this unit!?:)
    SweetSchoolMoments

  • Your cover is beautiful! I love your science units SO much! I’m sure this one is just as amazing as the others. :)

    Sarah
    Sarah’s First Grade Snippets

  • Love it, as always!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue Skies

  • Your landform unit is amazing!

  • This comment has been removed by the author.

  • Can you tell us what the adorable earth bulletin board is about? The one next to the rainforest board. It looks adorable but can’t figure it out. Thanks.

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