- Preschool, Kindergarten
- 45 minutes
Going on a bear hunt...through, over, and across landforms! Your students will learn about landforms as they participate in a story and play a game.
Students will be able to identify and describe four different types of landforms.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Gather your students into a learning circle.
- Tell your students that you will be leading them through a singing story called Going on a Bear Hunt.
- Ask your students if they can guess what a landform is.
- Break the word down into "land" and "form" to help them define it themselves.
- Tell your students that a landform is feature on the earth's surface, such as a mountain or a valley.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Load the Going on a Bear Hunt story on the interactive whiteboard or projector.
- Lead your students through the story using the movement prompts along the way.
- Encourage your students to describe the landforms they see before reading the text with the picture.
- Summarize the story by asking the students to describe and name the landforms.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Hand out the Landforms coloring page.
- Give every student a plastic counting bear.
- Tell your students to put their bear on the mountain.
- Ask your students how they know the mountain is a mountain.
- Tell your students to put their bear on the valley.
- Proceed in this way until your students are readily placing their bears on the correct landforms as you call them out.
- Continue the game by calling out descriptions of landforms instead of their names.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Tell your students that they will be coloring their landforms in their table spots.
- Explain that you will be asking them to name and describe their landforms as you circulate around the room.
- Dismiss your students to complete the assignment.
- Go to each student as they work and ask them to point at, name, and describe the four landforms on the coloring page.
- Enrichment: Advanced students may draw and label additional landforms. All students would enjoy creating landforms out of play dough.
- Support: Some students may need extra time to complete the assignment. Some students may need verbal clues to help them name their landforms.
Related Books and/or Media
- VIDEO: Exploring Landforms and Bodies of Water for Kids by Free School
Assessment (5 minutes)
- During Guided Practice: Look for students who are placing their counting bear on the correct landform.
- During Independent Independent Working Time: Your students should be able describe and name the four landforms on their coloring sheet.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Invite your students to show their coloring pages to each other.
- Ask your students to describe a valley, prairie, hill, and mountain.
- Invite your students to think of their favorite kind of landforms.