Landforms Lesson

Landforms Lesson

Objective: Students demonstrate the roles of cause and effect and force in stories.

In this action-packed three-day unit, students will explore the connections between drama, science, and language arts. First, students read and enact “The Little Hole at the Bottom of the Sea.” Then, using the main story elements, students craft their own stories about changing landforms. The lesson also provides opportunities for students to practice research and collaboration skills. Integrate this lesson into a science unit on forces or plate tectonics to get students learning on their feet! We've included pictures and descriptions of landforms to get you started and included a rubric. This lesson is a part of our recommended sequence in the Fifth Grade Curriculum.

Fifth Grade Drama Journal: Landforms (Day One)

Fifth Grade Drama Journal: Landforms (Day Two)

Fifth Grade Drama Journal: Landforms (Day Three)

To maximize student achievement, download these drama journals for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each lesson in the curriculum, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses. If you use the journal for assessment and would like more assessment tools, visit our Fifth Grade Curriculum

Grade Level


  • Character
  • Collaboration
  • Concentration
  • Conflict
  • Imagination
  • Mood
  • Plot
  • Setting
  • Story Elements
  • Teamwork


  • Environment
  • Science
  • Writing


  • Circle
  • Open