Due Friday, Nov. 13, 2009
Students will design a wall relief map for their 4th grade
social studies map project. This year we’ve read, studied, and talked about the
4 regions of
We will not have a Book Talk project for the months of November and December. In lieu of our two monthly book talks, students will do this project. Students have five (5) weeks to complete this project.
4.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the physical and
human geographic features that define places and regions in
1) Cardboard or other sturdy backing not to exceed 3ft in length and 2 ft in width.
2) Picture of the outline of
3) Salt dough (see recipe below), Paper mache, adhesive putty, or other type of material that will stick to the board and not fall off when making the relief structures such as the mountains that surround the coast region and central valley. Relief means that I should be able to feel the projection of figures or forms from a flat background; I should be able to touch and feel the mountains and valleys.
4) Paints to color regions:
5) Labels (provided by me).
This is your map to
artistically decorate, so be original as possible to make it look attractive.
Please make sure that your relief map is securely attached to the cardboard so
that it won’t fall off when we hang the maps on the wall.
Resources you can reference: (Go to the FORMS page on our class
website and click on these links.)
-Your social studies book
-Salt Dough Recipe:
1 cup of flour
½ cup of salt
Add just enough water to make fairly stiff dough.
Before the dough dries, make the landforms.
Students must have the following information to get full credit (check off items below to help you keep track):
O Cardboard or other sturdy backing not exceeding 3 feet in length by 2 feet in width (5pts)
Title of your map “
O A Legend to describe the 4 regions and state and country boundaries (for example, see map
O Compass Rose with all 4 points (see map handout) (10pts)
O Map must show the four regions with the respective colors and relief structures: coastal
region painted white, desert painted yellow, raised mountains painted brown, and Central
Valley painted green (20pts)
label surrounding states and borders (
O There must be some original art decorations to emphasize the regions (for example, you can use
dirt for the desert region, white painted snow caps and pine trees on mountains, grass to show rows
of crops in the central valley, beach sand on the coast, toy ships on the ocean, etc…) Be as creative
as you can on this part. (10pts)
O Decorate and label, in writing, where the following important geographic landmarks are located on
your map: 1. Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, 2. Mojave Desert, 3. Central Valley, 4. Mt. Whitney
the highest point in
(5pts each for a total of 30pts)
TOTAL: 100 Points
I enthusiastically encourage parents to help and guide their children and work together, but please make sure you do minimal participation in the work so that your children may get maximal learning through participation.