Thursday, July 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Map Time!

It's a dreary Thursday here in Florida.. as it has been since I've arrived in Florida. Whoever labeled this state as "sunny" obviously hasn't been here lately. In fact, it's been raining so much our pool (that I would LOVE to swim in, lay out beside--SoMeThINg!) is almost full to the top. See!

So, because of this awful weather I'm staying inside, attempting to be semi-productive. I've already worked out (Insanity, again), cooked lunch (we're talking chicken with a tomato-basil sauce & mozzarella cheese, potatoes and asparagus ready for the hubster when he got home from work) AND taken a shower. I must say that is a LOT for a summer day--fo' real. This is why I decided eating a Reese's was perfectly acceptable.. right?! I've also decided to link up with The First Grade Parade for her super cute linky.

I haven't been blogging as long as most of you blogging beauties, so my post is still from this year, back on March 3rd.

Map Time!
North Carolina Natural Resources

On Friday of last week we ended our SS unit on natural resources in NC. What a better way to end than creating huge maps using cAnDy?! Oh yes, it was such a glorious mess! Ha! I put students in groups to work, and we began by making map keys.

After making the map keys I had the idea of using Angry Bird gummies to represent hogs, but of course I thought of that after the fact. Anyway, I had already created baggies of supplies for each group to save class time, so next students sorted all their materials, then got to work. Here are some of the groups hard at work:

It was fun to see how well my students worked together for this project. Some groups tasked out who should do what, while others did everything together. Getting the Twizzlers to stick was a bit of a headache, but we'll see tomorrow morning how well they held together.

Viola! Here's a finished product:


Nooowwwww.... I highly doubt I'll be using this same NC map since I live in Florida, but I'm sure I can implement it somehow into the new curriculum. But for all of my NC blogging buddies who haven't gotten an opportunity to complete this project, I HIGHLY recommend it. The kids LOVED it and so did I !

Now, go link up with Mrs. Carroll at The First Grade Parade for some Throwback Thursday lovin'!

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  1. So cute! Hope your day turns sunny and beautiful!


    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  2. Hi Mandy! I am stopping by today to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Check out my blog for more details on how to accept your nomination. It is for new blogs and I love yours, so be sure to check it out! :o)


  3. I just nominated your blog for a Liebster award. :)

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  4. Ohhh! Congrats on the award nominations! People (and blogs) like you are why I started mine. Lets see it been, oh yes...2 days! So, I guess I am going to skip the Throwback Thursday Linky Party. BUT I love being able to see all the blogs I missed.

  5. I love the map activity you did with your students. How did you set this up with your students? Would love to get more info about it since I'm a 4th grade teacher in NC!

    1. Hi Stephanie! This activity was actually very easy to set up. I first made a list of the natural resources we had talked about in class, coming straight from our SS text. I then cut up this list so I could hand each student an item to bring in. For example--we wanted to put mountains on our map, so one student was tasked with bringing in Hershey kisses. On the day we started the project, each group had to make a key. We made a list of all the different candy items and beside wrote what they represented. From there, students either used their text book to figure out where each natural resource was located or their SS notes. Hope this helped! Feel free to email me with more questions @

      Mandy :)