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!

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

Look at this picture of a waterfall.

top of Niagara Falls

  • 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 167 feet high, making Niagara Falls the second-largest waterfall on the earth.

In this lesson, explore what makes this waterfall so famous and learn interesting facts about it.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls: the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls.

The largest falls are the Horseshoe Falls, and the smallest is the Bridal Veil Falls. All 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?

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 will be worn down by the river's force. This same thing is happening with Niagara Falls.

In fifty thousand years, Niagara Falls will probably not exist because of erosion!

Niagara Falls

Every year, thirty million people visit Niagara Falls.

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

You've learned about Niagara Falls. Share two interesting facts you learned with someone.

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

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