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Print Button below, Not the one above in the browser.
Print out for each student:
• In black and white, 'Background US Map' on normal copy paper,
• 'Features to Cut Out' on tracing (or other transparent) paper.
Students will need scissors, glue stick or transparent glue and a blue
First, using a blue marker, the students should follow
the river outlines to color in the major rivers. The students
should then cut out (using wide margins) each of the features on the Features
to Cut Out page and paste them in the appropriate places on the outline
map, starting with the major mountain ranges, the Rocky mountains and the
Appalachian mountains. Note that the Rocky Mountains are one mountain range,
but in 3 parts that should be cut out in one piece. It is easier to
label all of the features—rivers, mountains, etc., after everything is pasted
in place, because otherwise the mountains may cover up the names of
Unfortunately, many common brands of tracing
Strathmore and Calque, for example) are sold in 9” X 12” sheets, which must
be trimmed to go through a standard computer printer. A paper trimmer
will do 10 or more sheets at a time, and the Features page is designed so
that nothing is on the edge—the trimming does not have to highly exact.
The Staples brand “vellum”, on the other hand, is already 8 ½” X 11”, so
it can be used as is. The vellum gives a thicker and much stiffer
item to paste.
If students have trouble labeling all of the features because the page is
too crowded (too many things too close to each other), they can make two
separate maps. Students would make one map showing just the rivers,
labeling the rivers, and a second map with the rivers drawn in, but
not labeled, adding the physical features (mountains, lakes, etc.) and labeling
only these features.
If tracing paper is not available, students can do
just the major rivers part of the lesson, marking and labeling the rivers.
Or you can use most regular copy paper—the outline map and rivers will still
show through, although not quite as clearly.
U.S. Map Puzzle
Learn the states
of the United States and their capitals with this fun and educational puzzle
game. How fast can you put all of the states in the right places?