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Earth’s features: Topography
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Earth’s features: Topography


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Grade Level Grades 3-5
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards

About This Lesson

This lesson contains 3D models. Some of them are available after a free registration to the Lifeliqe app.

NGSS and CCSS aligned.

The lesson is dedicated to the explanation of formation of principal topographic features of our litosphere.


• Discussion

• Reading

• Lecture

• Experiment

• Assessment

The principal learning objectives are:

• Understand how tectonic plates determine the geological features on the Earth’s surface.

• Discover what hazards can be related to the tectonic plates.

• Conduct an experiment that emulates these hazards.


Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth's features.
Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.
Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.


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