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How familiar are you with the states of Mexico? The world’s most populous Spanish-speaking country can at times be overshadowed by the 50 states of its northern neighbor. Show the 31 Mexican estados with a 3-D geographic display.
Divide students into teams to research the 31 (plus one Federal District) Mexican states. Students research the history and resources that makes each state unique. Choose visual symbols that tell the state’s story. For example, Yucatan has the famous Mayan ruin of Chichen Itza, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The state of Quintana Roo contains many internationally renowned beach resorts.
As a class, determine the scale to be used for a large-scale relief map. Each state must conform to this agreed-upon system of measurement so all state borders fit together to form the country.
For each state, roll out a Crayola® Model Magic® slab for the base. Place these bases on cardboard large enough to hold the entire country of Mexico. Make sure the edges fit properly.
Add each state’s terrain elements and sculpt the dimensional elements (mountains, rivers) with more modeling material to make a 3-D relief map. Use Crayola Scissors to cut shapes from Model Magic compound.
Use Crayola® Glitter Glue to label each state and to intensify textural aspects of the relief. Air-dry the map for 3 days.
Student teams describe their maps and findings to the class.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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