Landslides introduces students to this fairly common natural event. Students will learn all about the five main types of landslides and what causes them. They will discover many interesting facts and familiarize themselves with prevention methods and effects.

The “Options for Lesson” section offers several fun suggestions to add to or alter your lesson delivery. One option is to get soil, sand, rocks, water, and other things to simulate various types of landslides. Another idea is to have students create a quiz based on the information they researched about landslides. You can collect their quizzes and create a single test for everyone to take. You could also invite an engineer to the class to discuss landslide prevention.

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What our Landslides lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Landslides teaches students about the different types of landslides. Students will discover a number of causes, effects, and prevention methods. They will learn how to identify different types based on their traits. They will also discuss some notable landslide events in history.

There are five pages of content in this lesson. Students first learn what a landslide is and why they occur. They will learn about three major conditions that hint at the possibility of an event and six causes.

Next they will discuss the five different types of landslides. The lesson lists a few facts about each one. Finally, they will learn the effects of a landslide and discover that they can be minor or deadly. The lesson details a few major events, including a landslide in Santa Barbara County, CA, that killed 17 people.


The worksheet states that students would work with partners for the activity, but you can have them work alone or in groups if you prefer. The worksheet contains instructions for creating a poster. Students will use various supplies and work with their partners to create a poster that displays information on the landslide you assign. The poster should include step-by-step drawings, relevant vocabulary, and a catchy title. You will grade the posters at the end.


There are two sections on the practice worksheet. For the first section, students will match definitions to the correct terms. There is a total of 15 questions and terms to match. The second section requires students to fill in the blanks. There are five total questions in this section.


Similar to the practice worksheet, the homework assignment divides into two sections. The first section requires students to match statements to the type of landslide cause to which it relates. This section contains 10 questions total. For the second section, students will decide whether the statements are true (T) or false (F). There are 10 questions in this section as well.

Additional information


3rd Grade, 4th Grade



State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1.C, LB.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.6

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.