Edible Maps of Georgia!
Teacher Education Candidate Supervising Teacher
School: University of West Georgia Date of Implemented Lesson Plan: April 7, 2009
Block No.II Subject: Social Studies (Map Skills) Grade Level: 2nd
Teaching Skills Focus for This Lesson: Developing Thinking and Ability
Stage 1 The Desired Results
Standards GPS SS2G1. The student will locate major topographical features of Georgia and will
describe how these features define Georgia’s surface.
a. Locate all the geographic regions of Georgia: Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont,
Coastal Plain, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau.
b. Locate the major rivers: Ocmulgee, Oconee, Altamaha, Savannah, St. Mary’s,
Chattahoochee, and Flint.
NCSS NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions
Students should understand that people create regions to interpret Earth's
Specific Learning Objective(s) The students will be able to identify the five geographic regions and the seven
major rivers of Georgia.
Stage 2 Assessment Evidence
Assessment Instrument Students will create and describe an edible map of Georgia that contains the five
(Ex. Test, Poster, Presentation, regions of Georgia, and the seven major rivers.
Evaluation (Grading) Instrument The Edible maps will be evaluated based on a checklist. (see attached).
(Ex. Point System, Rubric,
Stage 3 Learning Plans
Materials Dough (made ahead of time from dry milk, peanut butter, and corn syrup)
M&Ms, chocolate chips, green sprinkles, blue icing, black icing,
Toothpick flags with the names of the seven rivers
Directions handout (is also the checklist)
Topographical maps of Georgia to use as reference
Sequence of Teacher Actions Teacher will start by reviewing what we have already learned about the seven
rivers of Georgia, and the five geographical regions.
Next, teacher will explain that we are going to make a map of Georgia to practice
*Tie to Previous Learning labeling all of the rivers and geographic rivers, BUT we will be able to eat this
*Significant Actions to Introduce
and Guide Lesson Teacher will provide each student with the handout and go over the directions on
the sheet, having students draw the examples on the white board. Teacher will
provide each of the students the materials needed and allow them to begin.
During the course of this activity, teacher will monitor student progress, asking
questions to test student knowledge of the topic.
Sequence of Student Actions Students should participate in the class discussion over the topographical features
of Georgia and follow along as the directions are provided.
*Explain How Students Are
Engaged During Lesson Students should create the edible map by following all directions, interacting with
peers as necessary to complete the assignment.
* Explain How Students Discuss
or Present Results of What Before students will be allowed to eat their maps, they will have to describe their
They Did During the Lesson map to the teacher, while the teacher completes the checklist evaluation.
Next, the students will eat…Yummy!
Teacher’s Lesson Closure/Wrap- Ticket-at-the-door: Students must answer a lesson related questions before lining
Up/Transition up to leave for specials.
Name the 5 geographic regions, Name 3 of the major rivers in Georgia, etc.
Adaptations for Exceptional For my student with food allergies: provided graham crackers and white icing
Students (Anyone who requires instead of dough, separate containers of icing and sprinkles, sweet tart hearts to be
modifications for their needs) used as the mountains, and skittles to be used in place of M&Ms.
Gifted Students: Will be asked to identify two additional features they would add
to their maps.
Students who need additional help completing the assignment will be monitored
closely by the teacher, and will have peer assistance available to them.
Related Activities/Extensions Students who need additional activities related to this lesson can practice labeling
(What can students do who need the regions of Georgia, and the seven major rivers on blank printable maps.
more than is in the lesson? Should
be related to lesson.)
Connections to Other Disciplines None
Submit Lesson Plan Agenda with this Lesson Plan
EQ: How can we create our own maps to represent the geographical regions and rivers of
1. What are the five regions of Georgia? How are they different from each other?
2. What region of Georgia do we live in?
3. What are the seven major rivers of Georgia and where are they located?