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Grade 3 Landforms and Waterways: Grade 3 Landforms and Waterways

Become a Landform or Waterway expert! Your task is to research your topic. *What is it? *How is it important? *Where in the world is it located? Be sure to give credit to your sources. Then create a paper slide show to share with the class!


You will be researching a landform or waterway from the following list:

Mountain Desert Cave Waterfall
Valley Island Lake
Peninsula Dune Strait   Isthmus  
 Plain Volcano   River Gulf


Canyon Wetland Ocean

REMEMBER:  Use your graphic organizer to record your information.  

Write in short phrases but do not write sentences.  

Be sure to give credit to your sources on your bibliography worksheet.


You received a copy of each worksheet in class.  If you need a new one, please print one.

Finding the Perfect Picture

Use the following link to find a safe image of your landform or waterway.

AASL STANDARDS for the 21st Century Learner

1.1.2 Use prior and background knowledge as context for new learning.
1.1.4Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions.
1.1.5Evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural context.
1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital)in order to make inferences and gather meaning
1.1.8 Evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural contex
1.3.1 Respect copyright/ intellectual property rights of creators and producers.
2.1.2Organize knowledge so that it is useful.
2.2.1Demonstrate flexibility in the use of resources by adapting information strategies to each specific resource and by seeking additional resources when clear conclusions cannot be drawn.
2.4.1Determine how to act on information (accept, reject, modify).
2.4.2Reflect on systematic process, and assess for completeness of investigation.
2.4.3Recognize new knowledge and understanding.
2.4.4Develop directions for future investigations.
3.1.1Conclude an inquiry- based research process by sharing new understandings and reflecting on the learning
3.1.3 Use writing and speaking skills to communicate new understandings effectively.
3.1.4Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess.
4.1.5 Connect ideas to own interests and previous knowledge and experience.

ISTE Technology Standards

1.  Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and deelop innovative products and processes using technology.
b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
3. Research and Information Fluency
Students apply ditial tools to gater, evaluate and use information.
b. Locat, organize analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use infomration from a variety of sources and media.
c. Evaluate and select informatin sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
a. Understand and use technology systems.
b. Select and use applications effectively and productively.

Common Core Standards

CC.3.R.I.1 Key Ideas and Details: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

CC.3.R.I.7 Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text 

CC.3.R.L.1 Key Ideas and Details: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

CC.3.R.I.1 Key Ideas and Details: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

CC.3.SL.2 Comprehension and Collaboration: Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

CC.3.SL.4 Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

CC.3.W.4 Production and Distribution of Writing: With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

CC.3.W.7 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

CC.3.W.8 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

World Book Student (Online Encyclopedia)

Click on the World Book Student search box.  

Type the name of your landform or waterway into the box.  

Click on search.

Look at the results to find your topic and click on that landform or waterway.

Encylopedias (Print)


An encyclopedia is a set of books with articles on many topics arranged in alphabetical order.  

To find an article, look at the first letter of your topic.  

Each book in an encylopedia has a letter on the spine.  Find the book with the same letter that matches what you want to find.  

Use the guide words at the top of the page to find your topic.  Then look for the article.


Paper Slide Show

Now that your research is finished and you've completed the student survey, we are ready to begin our paper slide show.  

Mrs. Gaiewski will introduce the process with a short video that will show your how to create a paper slide show.

Your and your parter can each do half the work!

You will need:  

*A cover slide with the name of your landform or waterway, your first names and your grade.

You will need separate slides for the 


*How the landform or waterway is formed

*Important information (this may take several slides)

*One example

*Your second example

*A slide that says "THE END"


When your slides are finished, practice reading your paper slide show.  When you are ready, we will record it.  


Subject Guide

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Nancy Gaiewski
Orchard Farms Elementary School
1555 Scituate Ave.
Cranston, RI 02921
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Gladstone Street School
Tuesday, Thursday

Orchard Farms Library Catalog

These library books can be found on the Grade 3 RESERVE SHELF in the library.