Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Salt Dough Map of Israel


Today in Mystery of History we made a salt dough map of Israel. Making the dough was so quick & easy! We just mixed a cup of salt and a cup of flour and then added a little water at a time until it was "mud" consistancy. We were surprised at how STICKY the dough was, though! It was really hard to work with. After it had set for a few hours, it was a lot easier to play with. Next time, we need to add less water or wait a few hours!


So, our map didn't turn out great, but we did have fun and learned some basic geography of the region! We labeled the Mediterranean Sea, Dead Sea, Jordan River, Sea of Galilee, Masada and Qumran. It was a nice review as we talked about some of the places we've learned about this year.

We finished our 5th week of Mystery of History and added 3 more figures to our timeline. While talking about Masada, something I wasn't familiar with, we ordered "That the World May Know: Faith Lessons on the Life and Ministry of the Messiah" from Netflix. It has a section about Masada.

We are continuing to enjoy this curriculum, but I really need to actually DO more of the activities!  I'm glad we did this activity today. We are switching our schedule so that we do science on  Mondays & Thursdays and history on Tuesdays & Fridays, so hopefully I'll feel we do have time to do more of these wonderful activities.

5 comments:

Dana Maize said...

Great map! I've never been able to do history and science every day - we split our days like that, too. Thanks for the reference to the film, it sounds interesting.

Sybille said...

Oh, you just gave me another great inspiration! Thanks!

{ jamie } said...

Great, very hands-on project!
Might have to try that sometime soon.

Robin said...

That looks fun. And the whole course seems to be fun. Are you enjoying it, or does it feel like too much work?

lahbluebonnet said...

Try my recipe for salt dough map. We have never had sticky dough! I like the colors in the map!
www.homeschoolblogger.com/teacupsinthegarden/731041 If the link doesn't work, I have the entry on "How We Do Salt Dough Maps" in my sidebar still.
Blessings,
Laurie

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