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Landforms Dinosaur

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Grade Level:
Lower Elementary: Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade
Lesson Duration:
30 Minutes
Common Core Standards:
2.RI.7, 2.W.8
Additional Standards:
2-ESS1; 2-ESS2; VA:Cr1.2.2a
Thinking Skills:
Remembering: Recalling or recognizing information ideas, and principles. Applying: Apply an abstract idea in a concrete situation to solve a problem or relate it to a prior experience. Creating: Bring together parts (elements, compounds) of knowledge to form a whole and build relationships for NEW situations.

Essential Question

How can we differentiate between landforms?


Students will use a simple dinosaur image to learn about common landforms. They will label and color a worksheet which will reinforce the differences between major landforms.


To know and differentiate between landforms is a foundational concept when learning geography and geology. This lesson uses drawing and creativity to reinforce the identification of major landforms. Students will label and color a simple dinosaur image, whose features correspond with basic landforms.


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Includes the procedures, ideas for extension, blank worksheet and key.

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Lesson Hook/Preview

If our planet was actually a huge dinosaur, what would the different landforms look like?


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  • Landform - A natural feature of the Earth
  • Geography - The study of the physical features of the Earth and how human actions can affect those features
  • Butte - A hill with steep sides and flat top

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Last updated: December 13, 2018