Lesson Plan

Geographical Features around the Globe

What types of land do we live on?
Jill B.
Technology coordinator
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to...

  • name the different types of landforms and their locations
  • describe what each landform looks like
  • explain how landforms change over time
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 4
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Landform Challenge

Teacher will create a trailer that will grab the students attention and give them a challenge. The video should be engaging with images and music that match in intensity.

2 Brainstorming

Facilitate student learning in this step. Students will be brainstorming all of the landforms they can think of and any facts or info they know about these. They can use Google Earth to see locations of these landforms.

Student Instructions
  1. Use Popplet app to create a web of landforms.
  2. Next create webs off of those with location, descriptive words, valuable info.
  3. Use Google Earth to find locations and to visually see the landforms.
  4. Use Discovery Education for any facts you may need to research.

3 Whole Group Video Creation

Students will be learning about how to create their movies in this step. It is important that you create one first, in the first step, so that you can help them when/if they have problems. I also feel it is important that the students have a chance to play with the app they choose before they use it for this assignment. Sometimes it is helpful for students to work in partners in this step. The students can choose which app is easier for them or you can assign specific students to a specific app.

Student Instructions
  1. Choose which app you plan on using.
  2. With a partner try out the features of the app to see how it works. 
  3. You should be able to complete the following
    1. name the different types of landforms and their locations
    2. describe what each landform looks like
    3. explain how landforms change over time

4 Individual Video Creation

Students will be creating videos in this step. Your role should be to facilitate and monitor their progress. They may need to find quiet areas to record their voices or small mics can be bought to help with this.

Student Instructions
Your presentation should have the following:
  1. Title and author
  2. 10 different landforms
  3. Pictures of each landform
  4. Description of what the landform looks like this can be verbally or written
  5. Location of landforms on Earth
  6. Description of how landform changes over time

5 Wait There's More

Free to try, Paid

After students have finished their videos, the class should watch the videos and give feedback. The method of giving feedback will be via blog. You should have this set up ahead of time. You can use Blogger or KidBlog.  The advantage of KidBlog is you can have more control over the comments and posts. The disadvantage is it will soon have a cost associated with it. If you use Blogger, you can post the videos straight to Blogger. Students will give feedback on each other's videos. This could also be shared globally for even more feedback. Students could read the feedback and then alter their videos, comment back defending their thoughts in the videos, and collaborate with others they've never met.

Student Instructions
  1. Once you've watched videos you will be providing feedback to your classmates
  2. Look for 2 positive comments as well as 1 constructive comment - 2 stars and a wish 
  3. You will be writing these comments on a blog.
  4. Once you've written these comments, review your own comments.
  5. Respond back to the comments or change your video if you've found inaccurate information.