Flour and Salt maps

Discussion in 'Fourth Grade' started by Chrissy71, May 12, 2008.

  1. Chrissy71

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    I am going to be making flour and salt maps for the first time. What do you put the map on to make it sturdy? I heard someone say that if you use cardboard it absorbs the moisture and the maps do not turn out rignt.
     
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    I've always used cardboard and it has turned out fine.

    One thing you can do to help with the moisture issue is to have two days of the maps. On the first day, cover the area with just a thin layer. That will dry overnight and you can add the landforms the next day.

    I have done it both ways and it turns out fine.
     
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    I've used cardboard and also styrofoam. Both worked fine. teacherpippi's suggestion is a good one. When it's humid out, the landforms don't dry as well. Have extra cardboard on hand that you could slip underneath any that absorb a bit of moisture. Pizza boxes are good.
     
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    Thanks. Do you measure the flour and salt in baggies for the students or have them do it?
     
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    I always have the dough prepared before class, just for time's sake. I use cardboard for mine, too.
     
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    thick foam poster board

    I use thick poster board that as foam in the middle. I make the dough and then I put it on their board and they shape it into our state (California) then we waited 3 days (dont have to wait that long) and painted them.
     
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    Can you give me the dough recipe? Besides landforms, what else do y'all put on your maps?
     
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    We made our maps on Tuesday and they turned out great. The recipe I used was 2cups flour, 1 cup salt, and 1 cup water.

    We are planning on painting them on Tuesday.
     

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