I have to admit, I have been excited about this map since the end of last year. This giant map of the United States stayed in my trunk all last year. Its partner, the world map, was proudly hung on my classroom wall all last year. Students labeled the world map at the beginning of the year and used string to draw the equator, prime meridian, and time zones in the continental United States. Throughout the year, we placed current events from around the world on the map, all while the U.S. map stayed in my trunk. Then at the end of last year, I finally thought of what to do lwith the U.S. map! I was going to make a giant map of the 2016 election results. Every state was traced in both blue and red and then laminated.
Below are step by step pictures of how I made the map and the final result.
The completed map. Students’ predictions are along the top and side of the map. Numbers are written with expo marker because it easily wipes off.