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Orchard Farms Elementary School Library: Grade 2 Landforms and Waterways


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

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


Canyon Wetland Ocean


Write in short phrases but do not write sentences.  

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

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.

World Book Kids Online Encyclopedia

Click in the World Book Kids search box.

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

Click on search.

Look at the results to find your topic.  Click on that landform or waterway to read the article.


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, you are ready to begin your paper slide show.  

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

You and your partner 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


*One 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 2 RESERVE SHELF in the library.