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Make Your Own Map of the United States

Have your kids draw individual states, then put them all together to make your very own map of the United States.

Practice Cartography!

Kids learn about scale and accuracy as they practice their mapmaking skills. They collaborate to draw all fifty states and create their very own class map.

Activity Instructions

Kids work together to make a map of the United States. Each kid should draw and cut out
a few individual states, then put them all together on a bulletin board to make a class map.

Estimated Time: 30–45 minutes
Materials Needed: Construction paper, scissors, bulletin board, pins

  1. As a class, look at a map of the United States. Talk about the idea of scale—a certain distance on a map represents a larger distance in the real world. Point out that all the areas on an individual map have to be drawn at the same scale for the map to be accurate.
  2. Give kids a reference map of the United States, and assign each kid several states. Make sure all fifty states are covered!
  3. Have kids draw their assigned states on construction paper as accurately as they can, to the same approximate scale. They can use different colors for each state and draw and label any features they want to before cutting them out.
  4. Let kids take turns as they pin each state to a bulletin board and build out a group map of the United States. How accurate does it look?