"Landforms: 5 th /6 th Grade Science Unit"
Landforms: 5th/6th Grade Science Unit Note: This unit focuses on rivers, and the processes by which rivers shape the land. Another strongly related focus is topographic maps. Additional concepts & key words: erosion, deposition, sediment, alluvial fan, alluvial plain, weathering, canyon, valley. Core Books Taylor, Barbara. Understanding Landforms (Geography Skills series). North Mankato, MN: Smart Apple Media, 2008. A thorough overview of all landforms and how they are formed. Includes a very useful activity to understand a topographic map. Lots of defined terminology. Mahaney, Ian F. Topographic Maps (Map It! series). New York: Rosen/PowerKids, 2007. Clear explanations of how to read a topographic map. Two applied situations (road building and hiking) demonstrate the practical uses of topographic maps. Additional Titles Morris, Neil. Earth’s Changing Rivers (Landscapes and People series). Chicago: Raintree, 2004. In addition to material on landscape formation, the focus shifts to the interactions of rivers with animals and people, including history, industry, and flood control. Stille, Darlene R. Erosion: How Land Forms, How It Changes (Exploring Science: Earth Science series). Minneapolis: Compass Point, 2005. A thorough treatment of erosion. Small format and small font make it a resource for advanced students and teachers. Related Literature Hobbs, Will. The Maze. New York: Morrow, 1998. The strong description of the setting of Canyonlands National Park (weathered rock formations) provides a vivid backdrop for a troubled boy’s connection with nature. Other Hobbs books also provide lively descriptions of the power of rivers (Far North, Down the Yukon, River Thunder). ICCSD Library Program Science Curriculum 2009-2010 Petersen, P. J. Wild River. New York: Delecorte, 2009. Apathetic and video-game- addicted, Ryan suddenly must learn about kayaking a swollen river alone when his older brother is injured. A more accessible novel with plenty of suspense and descriptions of the river’s fury. Videos Erosion. Disney. 2006. Discovery Education. http://player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?guidAssetId=4209d7be-951e- 44bf-afee-916d22cd72eb&productCode=HUB Bill Nye the Science Guy demonstrates different forms of erosion. 12 segments, all very useful. (26 minutes). Natural Phenomena: Spectacular Canyons. Maslowski Wildlife Productions. 1998. Discovery Education. http://player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?guidAssetId=5b038450-7b52- 4157-952b-079c4605a319&productcode=US&CFID=844597&CFTOKEN=58406827 Breathtaking panoramas of canyons. 8 segments: first half illustrates different kinds of erosion (12 minutes); second half discusses plate tectonics (11 minutes). Websites “Ever-Changing River.” Discovery Education Science Connection. Discovery Education. http://player.discoveryeducation.com/views/hhView.cfm?guidAssetId=c2fddcd3- 239a-45c7-92a8-808ff46eeebf&skin=Siemens A brief interactive visual quiz in which students determine the sequence of images of a river’s path. Concept: river age reflects its path. “River.” ISS EarthKAM. NASA. http://www.earthkam.ucsd.edu/public/students/activities/landformations/river2.s html Satellite photos from NASA show landforms, each with a brief photo-quiz. On the left of the screen are other choices of landforms: delta, basin, valley, peninsula, etc. ICCSD Library Program Science Curriculum 2009-2010