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Classmates collaborate to illustrate—and then present a mock talk show—about a country’s land formations and features. Prepare bright neon topographical maps and a riveting script!
When investigating the make up of the globe, invite student teams of 2 to focus on one country. What can you learn about a country from a relief or topographical map? How have natural forces and humans shaped the landscape? With a partner, create a topographical map of a country of your choice. Find where towns and cities are located among mountain ranges, on plateaus or plains, or on lowlands near water. Discover more about the country’s location and physical characteristics as you prepare to report your findings in a talk-show format.
Ask student teams to make a topographical map. Using Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils, outline a large map of the country on paper. Indicate neighboring countries or bodies of water. With Crayola Glue Sticks, attach the map to cardboard. To show oceans, lakes, and rivers, fill those areas with blue neon Crayola Model Magic®.
Choose more neon colors to represent other land elevations. Add lowlands to the relief map. For plateaus and mountains, add extra layers of Model Magic to build height, changing colors according to the elevation. Pinch up mountains to their relative height.
Label the features. Draw small paper flags, cut them out with Crayola Scissors, and color them. Erase the name or other information you want on the flag. Leave erased areas white or fill with contrasting colors. Words can be oultined. Use Crayola School Glue to attach flags to toothpicks. Air-dry the glue. Place flags into the Model Magic in their correct positions. Add a color key.
Student teams write a talk show script to inform classmates about the country's terrain and geography. Present it to the class in a compelling way to spark more interest in the country.
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