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U.S. Mountains and Rivers - Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 1 - 3

Identify the major mountain ranges and rivers in the United States with a set of descriptive task cards.

These task cards are best used as independent practice as part of your geography or map lessons. They can be completed in pairs, small groups, or reviewed as a class.

Studying Rivers and Mountains in the U.S.?

We’re happy to help! The United States is home to many river systems and mountain ranges. It is only fitting that students learn about the major land features in the United States.   With these task cards, students are tasked to identify the mountain ranges and rivers in the United States based on a description of the landform

The following U.S. rivers and mountains are referenced in this set of task cards.

  • Appalachian Mountains
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Mississippi River
  • Missouri River
  • Rio Grande River
  • Ohio River
  • Colorado River
  • Hudson River.

This resource download includes twenty task cards, a recording sheet, and an answer key. Our task cards make the perfect review activity, formative assessment, or lesson summarizing activity.

For students who need extra support, use these as an intervention activity in a small group setting. It may be helpful to provide the students with a physical map to reference during the exercise.

A Variety of Ways to Prepare This Resource

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank recording sheet for students to complete.  

Additionally, project the task cards onto a screen and work through them as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.

Before You Download

Use the dropdown on the Download button to download the PDF or editable Slides version of this resource. An answer key is also included with this download.

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


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