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Grapefruit Globe

 

Today's Snack: What else? Have a grapefruit half . . . or two! First, cut the grapefruit in half. Use a serrated, or dotted-edge, knife to cut the segments within the grapefruit half like a pie along the natural divisions. There's a special grapefruit tool that will help you cut the fruit apart from the white pith that holds it in place. Spoon out the segments, using the grapefruit rind as a natural "bowl." Don't forget the best part: lift up the now-empty grapefruit half, and squeeze it so that the remaining juice runs into your waiting teaspoon!

 

 

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Supplies:

Grapefruit

Straight pins

Globe or world map

Blank paper

Scissors

 

The Earth's continents are distinctively shaped! Looking carefully at a globe or world map, try your hand at sketching the continents so that they stay in the correct proportion. You don't want them just looking like round blobs! You want another person to be able to look at what you've drawn, and recognize the continents.

 

Now cut out your continents. Play with these pieces like a puzzle, and see if you agree with those who say that the land form on Earth was originally all in one piece, and the continents drifted apart eons ago. See if you can piece the continents back into one basic shape.

 

When you're ready, though, it's time to think of them separately again. Now, piece by piece, attach your little mini-continents to the grapefruit with straight pins, in the location in which each continent should go.

 

Step back and take an astronaut's view of your work. Did you come pretty close?

 

You could probably still eat and enjoy the grapefruit once this activity is over, if you're not too sad to take your continent pieces off. Just be careful to remove all straight pins! Replace them after a quick rinse in water.

 

By Susan Darst Williams www.AfterSchoolTreats.com Geography 03 2008

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