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Students create their own treasure maps using topographic symbols and a directional compass.
Organize students into small groups. Invite them to investigate map making, how land is portrayed, water, and what symbols are used to communicate what to expect in a region. Students determine how they would like to portray their treasure maps. Cut open a recycled grocery bag with Crayola® Scissors.
Provide student groups with recycled grocery bags and Crayola® Scissors. Students cut open the bags and plan on using the blank side of the bag to make their imaginary Treasure Map. Draw the area's outer boundaries with Crayola Construction Paper Crayons. Create a bird's-eye view. Include landscape details such as mountains and rivers. Create personal symbols for the map if so desired.
Use a white crayon to make a dotted line to draw a path to the treasure.
Draw a compass rose in a corner of the map to show the orientation of directions.
Students cover work areas with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola Watercolors and Brushes to color forests, water, and other landscape details. While the paper is still damp, crumple it.
After a few minutes, flatten the paper. Tear around the edges to create an aged look for your Treasure Map.
Provide time in the school day for student groups to present their treasure maps to small groups of classmates.
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