Cheers to the art of mapmaking! Over the Summer I took an e-course offered by Patty at Deep Space Sparkle. It was super informative (as I was a new teacher in a new school and state) and her husband put together a Flickr group for us to share our progress. Among the activities and lessons discussed, I got the great idea to create her Treasure Maps with my 5th Grade artists this year.
My students loved x3 this project! Below are two of my sample maps, one before adding colored pencil and watercolor paints and one upon completion. Maybe next year I should incorporate more cross-curriculars into the project (ex. longitude and latitude)? Check out Patty's DSS site if you haven't already ventured that way!