In the Earth’s Features module, students explore mountains, volcanoes, caves, rivers and oceans and their place on Earth. In one online activity, students guess which living things make their homes in Earth’s features.

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The Explore session promotes interest in and curiosity about the factors that influence Earth’s features. In this session students play rock, water, wind to determine which influences the other the most. Students also participate in a teacher-led discussion that encourages them to wonder about how wind and water affect rock. To complete the session, students work collaboratively offline and further explore the impact of wind and water on Earth.

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Feature Point

This Elaborate session allows students to apply what they have learned to new situations. In this session, students participate in a selection of activities that focus on science process skills and content understanding. To complete the session, students work independently or with peers to complete an offline activity that reinforces science process skills.

Features module
At a Glance


Mountains, canyons, lakes, and rivers are some of Earth’s features. Although they give shape to the surface of the Earth, over time the movement of wind and water causes these features to change. In this module, students discover how weathering and erosion change Earth’s features over time.

Core Concept

Earth’s features are the natural shapes on the Earth’s crust. Made up of rock or water, they change due to weathering and erosion.

Essential Vocabulary

canyon, cave, erosion, feature, island, lake, landform, mountain, natural, ocean, plain, plateau, river, surface, valley, weathering

Science4Us provides the essentials that teachers need to confidently and effectively lead a classroom in any science lesson. This demo shows:

  • One section of the “Teacher Explain”
  • One of the 40 teacher support documents

Support Document

The rhyming endings give students clues to the correct answer and give them practice with reading and language skills. In the Connection to the Arts offline activity, students perform a Reader’s Theater play about the features of Earth.