Creating a Landform Yakit

Contributor
Jeri Faber at betterlesson.com
Type Category
Instructional Materials
Types
Activity , Animation/Movie , Lesson/Lesson Plan , Project
Note
This resource, vetted by NSTA curators, is provided to teachers along with suggested modifications to make it more in line with the vision of the NGSS. While not considered to be “fully aligned,” the resources and expert recommendations provide teachers with concrete examples and expert guidance using the EQuIP rubric to adapted existing resources. Read more here.

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Description

In this lesson, students take information learned about landforms and make a short, creative and entertaining presentation using an App called Yakit to tell their classmates about their research. This lesson is the 4th of 10 in a unit on water and landforms created by Jeri Faber on betterlesson.com that concludes with the students creating their own model landform.  

Intended Audience

Educator and learner
Educational Level
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 3
  • Elementary School
  • Grade 2
Language
English
Access Restrictions

Free access with user action - The right to view and/or download material without financial barriers but users are required to register or experience some other low-barrier to use.

Performance Expectations

2-ESS2-2 Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area.

Clarification Statement: none

Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include quantitative scaling in models.

This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this performance expectation.

Comments about Including the Performance Expectation
Students are building towards making a physical model through their research of kinds of land and bodies of water. The students will use the Yakit App to animate a picture of the landform that they are studying. The Yakit presentation must include the definition of the landform, the shape of the landform, and the characteristics of the landform. This lesson focuses on landforms. The bodies of water are not researched in this lesson but were the focus of a previous lesson by Jeri Faber at betterlesson.com entiltled Where is Water Found on Earth? (http://betterlesson.com/lesson/635801/where-is-water-found-on-earth)

Science and Engineering Practices

This resource appears to be designed to build towards this science and engineering practice, though the resource developer has not explicitly stated so.

Comments about Including the Science and Engineering Practice
The students should study landforms and bodies of water.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

This resource appears to be designed to build towards this disciplinary core idea, though the resource developer has not explicitly stated so.

Comments about Including the Disciplinary Core Idea
In this lesson, students are learning from each other as they use the Yakit app to create an animated presentation of a landform. The Yakit presentation could be extended to include bodies of water, too. Students can also make a hand drawn picture or 3-D structure, take a picture of what was created, and load it into the Yakit app . The animation includes a definition of the assigned landform and some of the characteristics. Students should take notes as their classmates present the Yakit which defines a landform. In subsequent lessons, students would be assigned to include multiple landforms and bodies of water in their model. Below is the template that the teacher provides for taking notes: http://betterlesson.com/lesson/resource/3208063/landform-definition-interactive-notebook?from=resource_image

Crosscutting Concepts

This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this crosscutting concept.

Comments about Including the Crosscutting Concept
A variety of landforms should be researched and defined by the students. Students identify and describe the relationships between the specific shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water.

Resource Quality

  • Alignment to the Dimensions of the NGSS: Students create an animation of a landform based on their research. To fully include all dimensions, the students should tell in the Yakit how the landform is formed and the observed characteristics. Students can also make a hand drawn picture or 3-D structure of landforms and bodies of water, take a picture of what was created, and load it into the Yakit app to fully address all dimensions of the NGSS.

  • Instructional Supports: The lesson has very clear instructions, many examples, and video clips that show what the students' work should look like when finished. The teacher has created a script and organization template for the students to record the information they want to be included in the Yakit presentation. Teachers need to download the Yakit app before the lesson begins. Clear, concise directions instruct students step by step how to create the presentation. A powerpoint presentation or drawing could be used instead of the app.

  • Monitoring Student Progress: Students are expected to use the script graphic organizer provided by the teacher. The teacher assists groups as necessary. Student progress is evident from the successful completion of the graphic organizer and the Yakit presentation.

  • Quality of Technological Interactivity: Students take information they have learned and make a short, creative and entertaining presentation using technology such as the APP called YAKiT.