Earth's Surface
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Earth's Surface

Earth's surface is the part of our planet that we interact with every day. This unit helps students explore the land and water that make up Earth's surface. The land is composed of rocks and soil. Water covers about 70 percent of Earth's surface. Much of it is salt water found in oceans. Fresh water can be found in lakes, ponds, rivers, and underground. Earth's surface is shaped into various landforms by gravity, wind, water, and the movements of Earth's crust. Earth's surface provides everything needed for life to thrive, including shelter, food, and water.


Supporting Materials

Show Me Only

Additional Reading

Comprehension Support


Science Videos

Forest Elephants
Greenland's Grand Canyon (no audio)
The Grand Canyon
Volcanoes Change the Shape of the Land

Career Files

Archaeologist; Cartographer; Outdoor Guide

Concept Books

All Earth's Surface Concept Books

Retelling Rubrics

Nonfiction Retelling Rubric

Vocabulary Cards

Word Work

Matching; Word Sort; Analogies/Fill in the Blank

Book Assembly

Single-Sided Concept

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Double-Sided Concept

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