Are you looking for landform activities to help bring your lessons to life? As much as we would love to take our students to visit all the different landforms, this isn’t possible. Thankfully we have some amazing resources right at our fingertips. Here are 15 amazing virtual field trips to help teach landforms in your classroom!
How to take a science virtual field trip
Taking a virtual field trip is an exciting and fun way for students to learn even more about a topic. With just a bit of preparation, you can take your class on a trip they won’t forget. Just choose a video, a museum website cam, or another streaming platform that fits your science curriculum. Preview it first to make sure it supports the topic you’re teaching.
Landform Activities: Virtual Field Trips
Landforms Virtual Field Trip: This video is a good one to use as an introduction or to review your landforms unit. It’s just over 2 minutes long and does a great job by showing real photographs of each landform.
Field Trip: Landforms: This is a fun virtual field trip as it takes place in Iowa and follows a family to different local landforms.
Visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park: Ranger Zak takes your students on an exciting virtual field trip to explore one of the most interesting landforms…a cave!
He does a great job engaging students throughout the video while giving interesting facts about the National Park.
Rocky Mountains Virtual Field Trip If you live somewhere without mountains, this landform can be hard to fully understand. This virtual field trip is short and sweet and visits the Rocky Mountain region.
I like that this video switches between showing maps with the location and real pictures and videos of the mountains. Follow up your field trip by making topographic maps of landforms using clay and dental floss!
Northern Great Plains
The field trip uses two cartoon characters as well as interviewing real people and incorporating quizzes throughout.
Ocean Virtual Field Trip: This oceans video will bring your lessons to life! Not only are oceans a landform but they are home to many different ecosystems to explore when teaching about habitats!
This short field trip includes colorful pictures and videos of ocean life. It gives interesting facts about lot of different species. There’s even a fun, interactive game at the end!
Hawaiian Volcano Virtual Field Trip: Hawaii is my favorite virtual field trip to take every year! This video explores the different Hawaiian Volcanoes. I guarantee your students will want to learn more about volcanoes!
Landforms Activities and Science Projects
Two favorite second grade science topics each year are Earth Changes and Landforms. Always a highlight, students learn about erosion, weathering, deposition and many different landforms. I’ve rounded up ten highly engaging and hands-on landforms and earth changes activities. These science activitites are ideal for teaching fast and slow earth changes in 2nd grade science.
Landforms Lesson Plans
These landform virtual field trips are the perfect addition to your 2nd grade Landform and Earth Changes unit! If you are looking for ready to teach lesson plans, labs, aassessments, and projects, check out these landforms units!
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- Landforms and Earth Changes 2nd Grade Unit
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I hope you’ve found ideas for your classroom and that you’ll add these virtual field trips and landform activities to your science teaching toolkit! Be sure to check out all of our science blog posts and complete science units!
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