A landform is a naturally formed feature on the Earth’s surface. It can be a geographic and geological feature.
If you are studying earth science, or geology you will most likely learn about landforms in those particular subjects. If you are wanting to put together your own geology or earth unit study, you may want to learn about landforms on your own.
There are many different types of landforms and some of them are quite fascinating to look at and learn about.
What are the different types of landforms?
There are 4 different main landforms:
- Mountains – are large landforms that rise high above the land of a surrounding area and form a peak. They are mostly formed through tetonic forces.
- Plateaus – are also called a high plain or tableland. They are an area of high flat level terrain.
- Plains – a plain is a flat geographic region that does not change much in elevation. They are normally located on valleys or at the foot of mountains.
- Hills – are naturally raised and round shaped areas of land that are not as high as mountains.
There are other minor landforms such as: valleys, buttes, basins, canyons, deserts, dunes, islands, isthmus, geyser, glaciers, continental shelf, peninsulas , deltas and many more.
An important thing to note is that landforms are constantly changing. They can develop quickly when there is an earthquake, landslide or volcanic eruption. Some landforms can take decades to form through weathering and erosion of the surrounding land.
FREE Printables for Studying Landforms:
FREE Landforms Guided Drawing Printable – this instant download will help your students learn about 10 different landforms, what makes them unique and where you can find them. They will read and learn about the landform, then draw it on the image grids that are provided.
FREE Landform Fact Cards and Cheat Sheets – This instant download packet includes printable cheat sheets, color fact cards that include the definitions of each term, and black & white fact cards that your students can use to color the landform and write the definition of over 30 landform terms.
More Resources for Studying Landforms:
The Grand Canyon is full of many different landforms such as canyons, cliffs and rock formations. Learn more about the Grand Canyon with these FREE Resources for Learning about the Grand Canyon.
Here is another resource to use when studying about landforms in your homeschool:
The Geography Terms Notebook is a visual notebooking adventure that will help your children remember geography terms using definitions and illustrations found in Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary by Jack Knowlton and Harriet Barton, sold separately.
Websites to learn about Landforms:
Take virtual tours with interactive maps and videos of popular world landforms with Mr. Nussbaum Geography.