The Saint Lucy 4th graders gathered in groups to create salt relief maps of California. This annual 4th grade tradition complements their study of California history while helping them to understand the physical, human and geographic features that define places and regions in our state. It aids in the students’ understanding of the state in spatial terms as they come to discover the physical characteristics of the various regions of California. In addition, it reinforces the concepts of the map legend, scale, compass rose and key.
Fourth grade teacher, Lauren Young, shares that, “Students have a blast letting their hands get a little dirty as creativity takes over. They get in touch–literally–with California’s individual regions, natural resources and physical landmarks.”