The past 2 years I have assigned a California Relief Map project as an at home assignment but with any at home assignment, there is a lot of parent involvement and sometimes too much if you know what I mean. This year I decided to do the project in class with my students thanks to the help and guidance of a few other CA 4th grade blogger buddies who coached me through the process (Thanks Emily from I Love my Classroom).
The process only took 2 days! We studied the 4 regions of California and made a foldable that summarized our learning.
Then we made a rough draft of what our salt and dough relief map would look like.
First, they drew California and the bordering states (and country).
Then, we made the dough: 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of water sealed in a freezer gallon size ziploc baggie. They “massage” the contents of the bag, mixing it so all the ingredients are doughy. Then came the messy part: Applying the dough to the outline of California.
The students made sure to build up there maps in the areas where the mountains are.
We did this on a Friday so that the dough could dry over the weekend.
Day 2- we painted!
After they dried we labeled the map and made a legend for the regions.
I am so glad that we did this in class! It was a great way to way for them to interact with geography and see all that they had learned from our Social Studies CLOSE reads. I can’t wait to do it again next year!