Educator Resources for Landform Detectives
In Landform Detectives, Dr. Robert Ballard leads students on an interactive journey to visit landforms around the world. This fascinating expedition will help players understand the processes that shaped many different types of landforms, from deep valleys to high mountain peaks to forests of stone. As they explore different features, players must deduce exactly how the landforms developed. The more landforms they process correctly, the more locations become unlocked for them to visit. In playing Landform Detectives, students will come away with a better understanding of the role of ice, water, wind, and sand in shaping our planet—and of the time it takes for such processes to make their marks. Students will also come to view the natural world through the eyes of a geologist.
In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore and compare the processes of weathering and erosion through a digital lab and online game play. Students analyze how weathering and erosion affects Earth’s changing face and how it forms the soil that supports life on Earth. They also examine landforms and identify the processes that may have created them. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards. See more »