Many parents probably have memories of making salt-dough maps in connection with Social Studies back in elementary school. Well, making a large salt-dough map of the United States is still a great way to nurture the spirit of teamwork and get ideas about the location of such geographical features as the Mississippi River, Eastern Coastal Plain, Appalachian Mountains, and Rocky Mountains cemented in one’s head (no pun intended).

Fourth grade students in Ms. Susan Davis’s class worked in teams to mold and paint detailed maps of the contiguous 48 states, and they will teach what they have learned to second and third grade classes. Mrs. Schaefer’s students will, likewise, be pairing up to make topographical maps of Massachusetts, which includes 6 major rivers.