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Title:  Eat Your State!
Level:  Primary
Time:   45 Minutes

Materials:  Materials will differ depending on your state's products.


chocolate chips for coal
mini-marshmallows for cotton
peanuts for peanuts
popcorn for popcorn
pretzels for trees
runts for fruit
goldfish for fish
1 large sugar cookie in the shape of your state

Black line master of a map of your state and its products.


Begin by discussing what a resource map is. Start with a U.S. map that shows the major products of the different regions. Talk about how the different regions support different crops and resources. Discuss the key and locate the items on the map.

Look at a map of your state’s resources. (Have students bring in the food. You don’t have to include every single resource, only the major ones.)

Give small groups of students a sugar cookie in the shape of your state. (Enlarge a black line, cut it out, and trace out the finished sheet cookie.)

Students use the map to place resources (the food) on the map.

After completing the map, students get to eat their map!