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Going on a Bear Hunt with Landforms

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.
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Students will be able to identify and describe four different types of landforms.

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.

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