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"Edible Landform Creations" is a hands-on lesson designed to allow the students to create models of Earth's physical features, including mountains, valleys, plains, deserts, lakes, rivers, oceans, canyons and plateaus.
This lesson was created as part of the 2016 NASA STEM Standards of Practice Project, a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.
Primary Learning Objective(s):
The students will identify the various landforms that make up Earth's physical features.
The students will create a model of the landforms of Earth.
Additional Learning Objective(s):
Talents UnlimitedDecision Making: To outline, weigh, make final judgments, and defend a decision on the many alternatives to a problem.
Talents Unlimited Planning: To design a means for implementing an idea by describing what is to be done, identifying the resources needed, outlining a sequence of steps to take, pinpointing possible problems, and showing improvements in the plan.)
61 to 90 Minutes
Materials and Resources:
Technology Resources Needed:
Computer with internet access
Review Earth's physical features with students and the characteristics of landforms using the following sites:
1.) Complete a Talents Unlimited Decision Making activity: The students will decide what edible materials they could use that would represent landforms to decorate a sugar cookie. (Example: candy corn for mountains, blue icing for rivers and lakes, etc.) Students should list their materials and how they will use them.
2.) Complete a Talents Unlimited Planning activity: Students will plan their landform cookie by sketching a diagram and labeling the edible materials they decided to use to represent each landform. Teacher must approve plan prior to gathering materials.
3.) Students will create a model of Earth's landforms using the edible materials and their plan. See this guide to edible landforms.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of landforms by completing a landform cookie with the landforms correctly modeled. It will serve as an individualized assessment to provide evidence of the student's ability to recognize landforms.