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Discovering California

Salt Dough Mapping! Really Fun!!!

 So I had my third graders find CA on our country map, and our world globe, then draw our state on an 81/2" X 11" sheet of paper. We labeled states closest to us, then the border to  Mexico, and the Pacific Ocean.


Identify Standards 

Process Component: Synthesize
Anchor Standard: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
 I can create visual displays to help others understand what I am sharing.


I Can Use Research to Help My Writing, and Art
 I can organize short research projects. W.3.7
 I can research and use what I have experienced to gather information

 I can write to share my opinion. W.3.1


Bridge Prior Knowledge & Create Interest with the Salt  Dough Maps


4 Cups Flour

For my 20 kids, I doubled this recipe, and turned it into a quick math lesson. 



1 1/2 Cup Salt

Mix up the salt and flour well



1 Cup hot water

I started with 1 cup and ended up adding more.



2 T. Vegetable Oil

Mix it all together until it makes a soft ball that won't fall a part.




First:  Mix together in a large bowl

                      the dry ingredients

Next:  add in the wet ingredients

Then: Mix it together until it forms  a ball

Finally:  kneed it to create the dough consistency that you wish and it is ready to use.



I mixed it well and gave each child about a large egg size ball that they flattened, and squished on top of their drawing of CA, until the state was covered. They built up the mountain regions and flattened  out valley and desert.Then we let them dry over the weekend and we were ready to water co

CA 4 regions

Coastal, Mountain, Valley, Desert


Region Key

Decide the colors you will use for each region.



Which region will you choose for a landscape?

Select Texts for Skills and Content:: Images of California by Masters

Albert Bierstadt Painter of CA

]Identify Vocabulary



Middle ground

Back ground





Life Cycle

Natural Resource






Rule of Thirds



Elements of Art

Principles of Design



Point of View

Vanishing Point


Label Landscapes with Vocabulary Words

 Performance Task

Students will view landscapes of California and then choose a region to make their own landscape of. Students will share their art work and present how their art compares and contrasts with one of the masters.

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Mrs. Schellenberg & Young Artists

Ralph Waldo Emerson's  Poem:             Success-     to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know  even one life breathed easier because of you.

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Thank you AT&T

We used the wiring for our artful galimotos

Duncan Ceramics, Thank you! With your help and friends of the Fresno Art Museum 's  support, every child created a tie-dyed T Shirt. You made our world brighter!

Fresno County Office of Education, we thank You for the opportunity to create with clay!

Thank you Mr. Bullwinkle and Fresno County Office of Education for awarding us with a grant to purchase a kiln and clay supplies. We are so happy and grateful!

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