Monday, February 25, 2013

3D Landform Maps!

My students LOVE making these fun 3D candy landform maps each year. Now let me just tell you- I am always wiped out by the end of the day when we make these- but they really are a blast and so meaningful to make.

I first put the kids into groups of 3 or 4. Then, they used a landform map in their Social Studies book to sketch where the mountains and deserts are located. This just helps them get a start when they begin painting the plains on the map.


After they have an idea of where the mountains and deserts are, they paint all of the remaining area green. This shows where the plains are located. (The hills and rivers are placed over top of the green paint in the next few steps!)


Next, we used blue yarn for the rivers. We obviously didn't add ALL of the rivers but just some of the major ones- Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Columbia.


The mountains were the most tempting item to add to the map! The kids were just about drooling as they glued them down. Just a quick note- if you remove the wrapping before gluing the kisses down, they stick better!


Marshmallows were used for the hills, gold glitter for the desert (I've used brown rice in the past but the glitter stuck MUCH better!) and goldfish for the oceans.


Each time the kids added something new to the map, they also added it to the key on the right. Their maps also included a title, compass, labels for the oceans, and a box to sign their names. I am so proud of all of the hard work that my kiddos put into these maps! They were rewarded with some of the extra snacks which they were THRILLED about =) So fun!

44 comments:

  1. Love this! Where did you get your map/key etc..?
    kensmann@gmail.com

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  2. I remember doing something similar when I was in 4th grade as a child...your students will remember it too!

    Jess

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  3. Hi, this is an awesome idea! where can I get a copy of the map that you printed/copied for the kids?

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  4. Hi, this is an awesome idea! where can I get a copy of the map that you printed/copied for the kids?

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  5. Hi, I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your 3-D landform map! I was wondering if you could send me a copy of it, along the map key? My kiddos would love this activity. I'm planning on beginning landforms in a couple weeks...this would be perfect.

    Thanks a bunch!

    Miss M.

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  6. Hello, Is there a template that you are willing to share? I would love to use this!! thank you so much. Lisaallyn1974@yahoo.com

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  7. Hi, I was wondering if you would please send me a template that you are willing to share too. My kiddos would love to do this fun and exciting landforms project. I just love the idea!
    Thank you,
    Azcourtney@gmail.com

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  8. We'd love a template, too! We have a project coming up and will definitely use this!

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  9. Not sure if you're sharing the map template, but if you are, I'd love it as well!
    melindambrown@yahoo.com

    Thank you!!

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  10. If you share the template, please send to pharmdmandy@gmail.com This looks like so much fun! Thanks!

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  11. I would love a copy of the template! Please send it to jenrubera@gmail.com. Thank you so much!

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  12. I would love a copy of the template, too. This is a great idea! swingpickle@yahoo.com

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  13. I would love a copy of this template! This is such a great idea. k.vayens.1@gmail.com

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  14. Hi! This looks awesome! May I please have a copy of your template? dnfields@tcss.net

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  15. Hi, can I get a template? sabeen772@hotmail.com

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  16. I'd love a template of the map and key as well. This is an awesome idea.

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  17. I'd love a template of the map and key as well. This is an awesome idea.

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  18. This is such a creative way to help kids really see the landforms! I would also love a template of the map and key if you can send one! Thanks! abernathyl@fox.k12.mo.us

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  19. I would love to do this with my social studies class next week. I would love the template of the map and key if you are willing to share. Thanks! Nicole
    nicole_corron@sudbury.k12.ma.us

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  20. May I have a copy of the map template? Also what size paper did you print it on? whwebb@mexiaisd.net

    Thanks

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  21. This is WONDERFUL! May I have a copy to use with my kids too if you are giving them out? lostatsea267@gmail.com

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  22. I would love a copy of this template to use with my class! It's fantastic!!! rocka14@gmail.com

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  23. Hi, this is awesome, please send me a template.... terrel513@yahoo.com

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  24. Hi, this is awesome, please send me a template.... terrel513@yahoo.com

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  25. Hi, I love this idea!! Would you be willing to send me the template?? erizzuto@gilman.edu.
    Thank you!

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  26. I am new to 4th grade (8 years in kindergarten) and would LOVE your map and key template to use next week in class... toni_foster@gwinnett.k12.ga.us thank you for your creative idea!

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  27. I also would love a copy of the map and key template that you used in this awesome project. Would you share where to find it or send the template? hansenmelodya@gmail.com

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  28. May I have a copy of the map and key template? I'm so excited about this project! thiblauren@gmail.com

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  29. Has anyone else gotten a template? How long does it take for a response?

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  30. Love this interactive landform map for our students! Are you sharing your map and legend template? if so, please send to my personal email address: brandi.barnes@icloud.com

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  31. I would love this US and legend templates if available. My email jvmorg@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  33. I would also love a copy of the template if it is available. My email is nwelborn@fmcs-fl.com. Thank you

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  34. This is a great idea! It really meets the TEKS in 3rd grade too. If you are sharing the map template, I would love a copy as well. jessica_s_blank@hotmail.com Thanks in advance!

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  35. Hello, what a wonderful idea! I was wondering if you were sharing the map template, if you are I would love a copy. Thank you! amoeller@saint-elizabeth.org

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  37. Could I get a copy of your template please? tonya.zinter@k12.sd.us Thanks!

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  38. This is fantastic!! And it happens to be EXACTLY what I need for next year! Thank you for sharing your ideas! Would it be ok if you sent me a copy of your templates for the map, key, etc. as well? shelbeekeller8412@gmail.com

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  39. Hi! This is an AWESOME idea! I would love a copy of your template! dpope@hoover.k12.al.us

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  40. I would love a copy of your template!!
    mfranzel@croslex.org

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  41. I would love to have a copy of this map or a link where I might find it, please johnsond@unit10.com

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  42. I would also love a copy of your template please. tewilliams@gocts.org

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  43. I too would love a copy of your template. Thanks so much!
    leigh.cole@lumpkinschools.com

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