This is a research-based unit to introduce some of the key ideas of geomorphology, from plate tectonics through mountain formation. It is intended as a project for Geography 12, but can be adapted for any secondary school level. As they work through the unit, the students will create a visual presentation of key points and illustrations. At the end of the unit, they will present and display their presentation. Part of the teacher’s role is to ensure that students are completing tasks as they are assigned and working steadily on their presentation.

Another good idea is to provide a forum to celebrate the students’ work. A public display in the school, a parents’ and family night, or presenting their findings to another class are all ways for the students to take ownership of their learning and gain empowerment in their education.

To add to the unit, plan field trips to local areas where students can see evidence of faults or erosion. Invite an expert in to the class to talk about the geomorphology of your area. There are also excellent movies available through your education department or school district. Volcanoes and earthquakes are always popular topics.

Curriculum Links

BC Integrated Resource Package for Geography 12

Systems of the Earth: Tectonic Processes

It is expected that students will:
  • describe the features and processes associated with plate tectonics,including volcanism, earthquakes, and folding and faulting
  • explain how various local and global landforms have resulted fromtectonic processes
  • assess the effects of tectonic processes on cultural, economic, political,and social activities