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U.S. Land Features Sorting Center

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 1 - 4

Apply knowledge of the rivers, mountains, and physical features in the United States with a sorting activity.

Discover U.S. Physical Features and Landforms

Are you teaching your students the significant physical features in the United States? We’ve got the perfect resource to help you broaden their horizons and learn about our great country. We have a vast and beautiful continent, and young learners need to know more about the land features found in the United States

With this sorting activity, students are tasked to match images, descriptions, and maps showing the following landforms in the U.S.

  • Appalachian Mountains
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Death Valley
  • Mississippi River
  • Missouri River
  • Rio Grande
  • Great Lakes
  • Great Plains

In addition to individual student work time, use this map skill sort as a:

  • Post-lesson assessment 
  • Whole-class review (via smartboard)

For students who need extra support, use this worksheet as an intervention activity or with a guided small group. 

A Variety of Ways to Prepare This Resource

This resource works well as an individual activity, learning station, or whole group learning activity. 

Additionally, you can project the sort onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.

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This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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