Monday, February 27, 2012

I Survived the Landform Maps!

Every year, my students make 3D landform maps of the United States using candy and other types of food. I was a little nervous about it this year because of my large class size (almost 30!) and the fact that there is only one me. Well... I'm proud to say that I survived and my students absolutely loved this project! It was fun and they learned so much at the same time. To make the maps, my students referenced a map in their Social Studies book that showed them where all of the landforms are located in the US. We used hershey kisses for the mountains, mini marshmallows for the hills, brown rice for the desert, green sprinkles for the plains, twizzlers pull-n-peel for the rivers, and goldfish for the oceans. Check out the pictures below!


  1. I love your land form project, and aren't you brave (30 students OMG)! I don't know how you did it, but you rock! I'm your newest follower and would love for you to stop by my blog @

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  2. Erin,

    I love this idea! Your blog is so cute!

    I am a new follower and would love for you to come visit me when you get the chance. =)

    Heather's Heart

  3. What a great idea! I'm going to have to use this with my 3rd graders! Thanks for sharing...I'm your newest follower - #116.

  4. I love this idea! It's perfect for my class. Thank you for sharing. I would like to do this but I am having a lot of difficulty finding a good image for my kids- something that has rivers, plains, mountains etc but is not too detailed. We don't have one in our book. Could you possibly send me a picture of the map in your books so I could let me kids use it?

  5. How did you get the US map traced so nicely on the poster board? Could I also get a copy of your map? I want to do this activity with my students. Thank you for sharing.