Spring Run Cookie Map
Edible Lesson in Geography
Key Geographic Features for your Map
Where do some
manatees migrate to in the cold of winter? To the Blue Spring "Run",
a hot spring with a constant temperature of about 72 degrees F (22.2 degrees
(Click on cookie to enlarge. But you'll have to make your own to get a
Study the features of the Blue Spring Run, then make a
cookie map of the place where the manatees love to lounge. For the general
shape of your map, you can study the General Diagram of the Run. For a
more detailed view, look at the Blank Attendance Form of Ranger Wayne's
Diagram of the "Run"
Click image for a Detailed View of the Run
Key Blue Spring Features for your map:
Wayne in canoe
= Barrier at River
= Barrier at Canoe Basin
= Observation Deck
= Observation Deck
= Swimming Area
Start of the Run
of the Boil (both Degrees C and F)
(Imaginary "field markers as location reference points)
Making the Cookie Map
What you will need:
sugar cookie dough
"fish" or "Good & Plenty" candy to represent
licorice to represent the transects
Sprinkles and Nerds, or sprinkles and mini-marshmallows to show boat
- Blue frosting
for the Run and brown frosting for the St. John's River
edible treats to represent fish like "Goldfish" crackers
- Flat breakfast
cereal (i.e Life cereal or mini Shredded Wheat) to depict observation
- Red hots
or frosting for the boil
- Or think
of your own candies or other food items to represent any of the above!
and paper labels
in groups, design your Blue Spring Run map on a piece of paper using
the AttendanceSheet and General Diagram of the Blue Spring Run as your
guide for design. Include the St. John's River, and other Blue Spring
- Roll out
and form cookie dough on a large cookie sheet in the shape of Blue Spring
Run as it meets the St. John's River.
- When the
big cookie looks like your map of the Run, send it to the oven to bake.
- When you've
finished baking the cookie, let it cool.
- Use blue
frosting for the Run; brown frosting for the St.John's River
- We used
mini-marshmallows from a hot chocolate mix and sprinkles to designate
the boat barriers.
- Add the
string licorice to show the transects
- Use treats
like Gummie "fish" or Good N Plenty pieces to show manatees
the temperature of the Run in degrees F and C.
treats to show other landmarks or features (i.e.observation decks, swimming
each important landmark or feature (swimming area, boat barrier, the
treats like gummie fish in the Run
- SEND US
A PICTURE OF YOUR MAP before you eat it!
This! Journaling Questions
- What purpose
do you think the map transects serve for Ranger Wayne's research on
Blue Spring manatees? What problems would he have without use of transect
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