Teaching the differences between plateau, mesa, and butte.
Introduce objective: When given an image, fifth grade students will be able to identify a plateau, mesa, or butte in at least four out of five samples.
There are many types of landforms we can find in the deserts of Utah. Three similar ones are: plateau, mesa, and butte.
PLATEAU: A plateau is a large nearly level area that has been lifted above the surrounding area. The largest of these three landforms.
Mesa: A tall flat-toped feature formed when running water erodes the surrounding rock. smaller than a plateau
Butte: A hill that rises abruptly from surrounding area with sloping slides and a flat top. The smallest of these three landforms.
photos of all 3 landforms
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