ae.06 Glacial landforms assessment [A + C]


  • Statement of inquiry
    • Scientific and technical innovators need to understand how power affects the processes that occur within systems.
  • Aims of this lesson
    • To show your how well you can explain the formation of glacial landforms.
    • To structure an assessment piece as prescribed by a given set of requirements.



Digital version - Google Earth on web Tour Project


Produce a digital teaching resource, for MYP 5 students, focused upon the appearance and formation of 10 different types of glacial landform.


  1. The teaching resource is produced as a Google Earth for web project.
  2. Each of the 10 landform types are featured as a different placemark, showcased via either well-chosen Google Earth's 3D imagery or photospheres [Communicating].
  3. A (small or large) info box is used, at each location, to do the following [Knowing and understanding] →
    • Explain the process of the formation of the landform
    • Has at least one well-chosen (and referenced) image or video clip
    • Has a well chosen title
  4. There are at least 3 'Fullscreen slides' which introduce and add structure to the project [Communicating].
  5. Placemark icons are used to differentiate between erosional and depositional landforms [Communicating].

Landforms created by erosion

Extreme Environments: Cirque (Corrie) of Glacier de Talefre from Aiguelle du Midi, Mont Blanc Massif, France


Glacial Landscapes - The Lauterbrunnen Valley seen from Männlichen, Switzerland

U Shaped Valley

Bridalveil Falls

Hanging Valley

Extreme Environments - Arêtes, Glaciers and Cirques - Plateau du Trient and Glacier du Trient, France


Extreme Environments: A pyramidal peak or glacial horn - The Matterhorn, Switzerland

Pyramidal Peak

Landforms created by deposition

Extreme Environments: One of the Norber Erratics, Austwick, North Yorkshire Dales, UK


Extreme Environments: The Glacier de Cheilon, Mont Blanc de Cheilon and Cabine des Dix - Val d'Hérens, Valais, Switzerland

Lateral Moraines

Extreme Environments: Looking towards the source of the Aletsch Glacier, Bernese Alps, Valais, Switzerland

Medial Moraines

Terminal Moraines

Terminal Moraines

Extreme Environments: Drumlins from Glacier des Ecoulaies, below Rochers du Bouc [3314 m], Valais, Switzerland



Consider using the following glaciers as starting points for finding the landforms to feature in your project:

  • Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland
  • Rhône Glacier, Switzerland
  • Mer de Glace, France
  • Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Possible erratics example

Possible drumlins example


This assessment will be assessed on MYP Individuals and societies assessment criteria A [Knowing and understanding] and C [Communicating].


Analog version - The I-Spy experience

I-Spy on the Pavement was published in 1961. Have a look at the style of the writing and images. There is always a description, a question and a points value. How many 'chair menders' have you seen on the pavement in your town/city?


The I-Spy experience assessment


Produce your own version of 'I-Spy in the Mountains' that illustrates your knowledge and understanding of glacial landforms.


Your booklet must reflect the style of the i-Spy booklets.

Your booklet must include a description (of appearance), a question (to make the user think) and a hand drawn diagram (annotated) of at least 8 of the following landforms:

cirque | U shaped valley | hanging valley | arête | pyramidal peak | erratics | lateral moraines | medial moraines | terminal moraines | drumlins

Don't forget to give everything a points value which would suggest the relative rarity of each landform.


This assessment will be assessed on MYP Individuals and societies assessment criteria A (Knowing and understanding) and C (Communicating).