Landforms Lesson

Landforms Lesson
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Teaching the differences between plateau, mesa, and butte.

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  • 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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