Students will make a cookie island using a big sugar cookie and will add at least 3 landforms to it (put various edible items in front of them and let them figure out what each could represent for a challenge). Students will make a map of their island. They will add a compass rose, a map key, and will have to name their island. Students can also name their landforms for extra credit. When they are finished with their maps and have had a conference with the teacher, they get to eat their “Cookie Islands.” You can also attach a photo copy of the picture to their checklist and work.
I know several teachers have done similar activities, but I have made it into an authentic assessment to test their understanding in several ways. I hope you enjoy! Feel free to white out the letter to the parents incase you have other landforms as apart of your standards.
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