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Geographic Landforms

Subject Area: Social Studies

Grade Level(s): 6

Duration of Activity: 3-5 days

Description of Activity:

The student groups will create a folder with a variety of information about geographical landforms.


  • The student will acquire map skills, as well as locate, describe, and build representations of geographical landforms and bodies of water.


  • Social studies book (most include a chapter/unit on geographical landforms)

  • computer (1 per group)
  • Microsoft Encarta CD-ROM
  • Internet access
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint landform presentation template
  • Handout 1: Landform Definitions
  • Handout 2: Assessment Rubric for PowerPoint presentations

Prerequisites (skills or background needed):

Basic knowledge of:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Locating a Web site using a URL or hyperlink


Teacher Component:

  1. The teacher will introduce landforms, introduce the activity, and guide the students toward a finished product.
  2. The teacher will inform the students that they will create Microsoft PowerPoint presentations about a particular landform.

Student Activities:

  1. The students will define the different landforms using the site: Landforms and Definitions List / http://www.geocities.com/monte7dco/list_of_all_the_land_forms_and_definitions.htm.
  2. The students will locate photographs of landforms using the site: Image Gallery of Landforms / http://vathena.arc.nasa.gov/curric/land/landform/landform.html.
  3. The students will draw a landform using Landform Drawing Activity / http://vathena.arc.nasa.gov/curric/land/landform/drawing.html.
  4. The students will create and present their Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to the class.


  • Peer tutoring for those who need assistance.

Extension Activities:

  • The students can construct clay/playdough models of a geographical landforms. Digital images can be taken of each model, archived, and/or used in documents or presentations to review or explain each type of landform.


  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Art


  1. Handout 2: Assessment Rubric for PowerPoint presentations
  2. Test on vocabulary words Handout 1: Landform Definitions

  3. Completed group project
  4. Rubric on group involvement


Curriculum Frameworks


Sixth Grade

  1. Apply spatial and ecological perspectives to people, places, and environment using social studies tools (e.g., timelines, maps, globes, resources, graphs, a compass, technology, primary and secondary sources, charts, etc.). (C, H, E)

    1. Analyze the physical characteristics of places in the Western Hemisphere.
    2. Describe ecosystems and the differences between them throughout time.
    3. Interpret special purpose maps (e.g., climate, vegetation, population).
    4. Identify distributions of cultural characteristics (e.g., language, religious/belief systems, political systems, economic systems, and social institutions).

National Educational Technology Standards (NETS):

Grades 3-5 Performance Indicators

  1. Discuss common uses of technology in daily life and the advantages and disadvantages those uses provide.
  2. Use technology tools for individual and collaborative writing, communication and publishing activities to create knowledge products for audiences inside and outside the classroom.
  3. Use technology resources for problem solving, self-directed learning, and extended learning activities.


Reading and Language Arts

02 Basic Understanding (Level 10-21/22)
Demonstrate understanding of the literal meaning of a passage through identifying stated information, indicating sequence of events, and defining grade level vocabulary.

Write responses to questions requiring literal information from passages and documents.

08 Writing Strategies (Level 11-21/22)
Demonstrate knowledge of information sources, outlines, and other pre-writing techniques.

Demonstrate an understanding of the use of topic sentences, concluding sentences, connective and transitional words and phrases, supporting statements, sequencing ideas, and relevant information in writing expository prose.


22 Earth and Space Science (Level 11-21/22)
Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of Earth and space science. Apply Earth and space science knowledge to investigations and real-world contexts.

Through text, diagrams, and drawings, provide explanations of Earth and space science concepts and principles.

Social Studies

26 Geographic Perspectives (Level 11-21/22)
Demonstrate an understanding of concepts and process skills related to the study of the world's people, places, and environments, and their interactions over time.

Construct answers, use geographic tools, and create solutions or products using inquiry skills and knowledge related to geographic perspectives.

Link and Feedback to Author(s):

Marilyn Linton, Houlka Attendance Center, Houlka, MS

Teresa Moore, Houlka Attendance Center, Houlka, MS

Handout 1:
Landform Definitions
Word Acrobat
Handout 2:
Assessment Rubric for PowerPoint Presentation
Word Acrobat
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