An Excellent (Edible) Geography Lesson

by Kelli Lewis

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Trying to help your child understand the regions in which they live? Why not engage them in a lesson that is hands-on and…not to mention, edible?!

Here’s an idea that your child is sure to be “screaming” for!

Edible Ice Cream Regions

In order to help your child understand the different regions of the United States, create an ice cream sundae. This activity could be used for other countries, as well–but may need to be modified according to how the regions are broken down. Each part to the ice cream sundae will represent a region.

For instance, here is an idea to get you started:

  1. Decide what you want the ice cream sundae to go in. Obviously the biggest part will be the cone/bowl in which the whole ice cream sundae is placed. This could be used to represent the continent.
  2. Who makes an ice cream sundae without bananas?! Try putting banana(s) in next, and these could be used to represent the country.
  3. Now, here comes the ice cream!!! On top of the banana(s), place the ice cream scoop. Go ahead, you can add more than one scoop (maybe side-by-side), as long as there is an understanding of what it represents. :) The ice cream scoops could be used to represent the state.
  4. No need to stop there! Ice cream scoops always need some toppings! Next, add some chocolate syrup. You can use any type of syrup flavoring, of course, chocolate is just my favorite choice. This could be used to represent the county.
  5. Now, what could be better than adding some whipped cream on top of the syrup? Go ahead and add a little squirt of whipped cream, and it could be used to represent the city.
  6. We’re almost there.  I bet it’s looking pretty good. In fact, it looks so good that I’d really like to eat it right now… “Pretty please, with a CHERRY on top?” Yep, that’s right! Time to top it off with a luscious cherry, right on the top! This could be used to represent your school/home, according to where this activity is taking place.

Here is a picture of what I had in mind:

Enjoy the sweet success of mastering regions!

Kelli Lewis is an Early Childhood Education graduate student at the University of Georgia who often shares her wonderful ideas on A Learning Experience. (Lucky us!)

[UPDATE from mcornelia]:

YEAH! The wonderful folks at The Mailbox Book Company gave us permission to post the graphic Connie mentioned in her comments below!
Click here for the PDF: http://bit.ly/icecream-pattern

This came from the original Grade 3 Superbook. It has been revised now (same title) and has some wonderful new ideas and can be found at your local School Box store on on-line here: http://bit.ly/gr-3-superbook

Enjoy!
~Mike

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9 Comments

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9 responses to “An Excellent (Edible) Geography Lesson

  1. Many elementary students have a difficult time understanding the relationship between continent, country, state, city etc or in general part to whole concepts. . The ice cream sundae is a very unique, memorable and delicious lesson that will help young students visualize this very difficult concept. This lesson is bound to be one that the students will not readily forget!

  2. Connie Wiley

    Great idea Kelli! This is a fun way to make Geography more fun. I have also used an ice cream building graphic organizer for learning the multiplication facts. Students get to put on one part for each set of facts they memorize. When the whole class has built their sundae we have a real ice cream sundae party. My students are so motivated to learn their facts. They also encourage and help their classmates study during free time. I have an example of the graphic if anyone is interested. Just email me.

  3. basic things that make more confused or look similar in starting days. You made me remember my school days and really enjoyed this post.

    Fantastic article man and re-collected my days! Hope to see more hear on.

  4. Susan

    We will be making these for snack today as we try to do educational things throughout the day. Susan

  5. peggy hernandez

    Great idea Kelli! I just finished teaching my students their place on the map. That would have been a great way to end the unit. (next year) I do a similar activity with the regions of Georgia. Each child makes a sugar cookie in the shape of Georgia. I just trace the shape of GA on parchment paper and they spread their dough in the shape. Then we bake the cookies. Next, we spread white frosting over it. Last we spread different colored sprinkles in each region of GA. (green for the Piedmont, blue for the coastal region) Students love this activity. Thanks for sharing yours, Kelli!

  6. Connie Wiley

    Dear Editor,
    I’m trying to send my ice cream graphic and the email keeps getting sent back. Do you have another email I can send it to? Thanks

  7. YEAH! The wonderful folks at The Mailbox Book Company gave us permission to post the graphic Connie mentioned! Click here for the PDF: http://bit.ly/icecream-pattern

    This came from the original Grade 3 Superbook. It has been revised now (same title) and has some wonderful new ideas and can be found at your local School Box store on on-line here: http://bit.ly/gr-3-superbook

    Enjoy!