Niagara Falls

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 12051

Have you ever seen waterfalls? Can you imagine a waterfall so large that it takes two countries to hold it? You can even take a boat ride past the falls and get wet! It's fun just to learn about them!


United States

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

  • Why do you think a waterfall is called a "waterfall"?

Look at the picture above.

  • Where does all that water come from?

Niagara Falls is located on the border of New York in the United States, and Ontario, Canada.

Its falls are one-hundred and sixty-seven feet high, making Niagara Falls the second largest waterfall on Earth. In this lesson, you will explore what makes this waterfall so famous, and you will learn interesting facts about the waterfall.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls: the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls. The largest of the falls is the Horseshoe Falls, and the smallest of the falls is the Bridal Veil Falls. All of these falls come together to create the strongest waterfall flow in the world! The water that goes down the falls comes from the Niagara River, which stems from Lake Ontario. All the water from Niagara Falls eventually ends up in the Atlantic Ocean.

Niagara Falls

Think about a time you saw something floating in a river.

  • Where was it going?

Tell your parent or teacher.

Rivers are flowing bodies of water. This causes weathering and erosion. Weathering and erosion can occur when a river breaks down the area it flows by and carries the rocks to a new part. For example, if a river flows against the side of a mountain, that side of the mountain will get worn down by the force of the river. This same thing is happening with Niagara Falls. In fifty thousand years, Niagara Falls probably will not exist anymore because of erosion!

Niagara Falls

Every year, thirty million people visit Niagara Falls.

  • Would you like to visit Niagara Falls? Why or why not?

Tell your parent or teacher.

You've learned about the Niagara Falls, so share two interesting facts you learned about the falls.

After sharing your facts, move on to the Got It? section to take a tour of Niagara Falls.

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