Changing Landforms
courtesy of Neal Herbert/NPS

Changing Landforms

Landforms are constantly changing. This unit helps students understand what landforms are, how they form, and how different forces shape them over time. It introduces students to Earth's structure, including the crust, mantle, and core. Hotspots and earthquake patterns are addressed, as well as how weathering, erosion, and people shape the land. The unit also addresses the three major categories of rocks--igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic--and explains how one rock type may change into another.


Supporting Materials

Show Me Only

Additional Reading

Comprehension Support


Science Videos

Deep-Ocean Volcanoes
Greenland's Grand Canyon (no audio)
MLK Fountain (no audio)
Tsunami Strike: Japan

Career Files

Seismologist; Volcanologist; Land Surveyor

Retelling Rubrics

Nonfiction Retelling Rubric

Vocabulary Cards

Changing Landforms

Word Work

Crossword; Matching; Word Sort

Book Assembly