Academic journal article Science and Children

Treasure Map ... Adapted from Lentil Science #71

Academic journal article Science and Children

Treasure Map ... Adapted from Lentil Science #71

Article excerpt

1. Create a lentil landscape. Add stand-up props that you design, and other natural objects.

2. Bury a penny treasure somewhere in the box.

3. Draw an accurate map so a friend can easily locate your buried penny!

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OBJECTIVES

To create an imaginative landscape with lentils and other props. To bury a penny "treasure" within this landscape, and accurately map its location so someone else can find it.

LAB NOTES

Photocopy the lab for each student or team.

Step 1. Possible LANDSCAPES: islands, peninsula, coastline, river, delta, bay, lake, mountain range, volcano ... PROPS: trees, campfire, animals, tent, cabin, hikers, a compass face with N, S, E, W coordinates ... OBJECTS: stones, twigs, craft sticks, wood blocks, pipe cleaners, aluminium foil (water) ...

Step 3. Competitive children may think the map maker somehow "wins" if the map reader can't locate the penny. Emphasize the win-win nature of this activity. A quick find indicates both an excellent map and good map-reading skills.

EVALUATION

Is the map meat and well-proportioned, with landmarks in the correct orientation? …

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