I am a parent of a 6 year old and a 9 year old. I was looking for a map like this pre-election so that during the election day/night, my children could not only wite the names of the states on the map, but also write each states electoral vote count as well as color the states either red or blues as they were called for demcrats or republicans. Then, the children got to put the map up on the wall as it was called. I thought this would be a great educational tool to teach the kids about the electoral college, and elections, and how it all works. I was correct. they actually were really excited about it all and stayed up until about 11pm doing it! I finally put them to bed and they finished it the best they could the next day as the states were finalized (well, except for Michigan and New Hampshire!) Anyway, I want to say that I ALMOST didn't buy this map because of the reviews that I read. There were only two reviews and I really do rely on review comments when purchasing online items. There were complaints that this didn't "fit together" really well. This was really important to me as the kids were to put it together on the wall! Well, I chose to ignore the comment and go for it anyway because I REALLY liked the idea of the kids being able to put the map together like a puzzle. Now, what were OUR actual thoughts and review of it, even after reading the other reviews, buying it anyway, and trying it for ourselves? WE LOVED IT! Does it fit together ABSOLUTELY perfectly? No. But you know what? It was pretty darn CLOSE! There might have been just a couple of small spots that didn't fit "perfectly" together but for the most part, the pieces were right on point when it came to fitting them all together! I have no complaints at all, and neither did either of my children! We took a picture of it once it was all done and up on the wall and I would LOVE to have the ability to upload it and add it to this review post so that others can SEE just how well it was put together and how nice it was. I am just a mom who went searching on Google to find a map for my kids to do this with. There were TONS of choices out there and out of all of them, I decided on THIS one and we couldn't be happier with the results! The kids really loved "punching out" (gently - not REALLY punching) the states and laying them correctly together on the floor to be able to write the state names and electoral counts and color them! And we loved the large size of it! It also was helpful in teaching my 1st grader (the 6-year-old) where actual states are! So it has served multiple purposes! Thank You to Really Good Stuff for putting this map out there! We'll definitely be repeat customers! :)
By Laura Parrish from , VA
Could be better
Bought this for my social studies classroom and finally found a use for it. I wanted a large map to display in the hallway so I began punching out the pieces and putting them together. It was when I I started to put them together did I notice that the states didn't really fit together. Did I expect that they would be perfect? No, but it would have been nice to know while some states will fit almost, others wouldn't fit together at all (Example: Tennessee and North Carolina). I think these would work perfectly displayed individually as states but it didn't work for me to put the actual states together - which was the reason I bought the product.
By from , GA
Perfect Summative Assessment
I used the map as a summative assessment after studying regions of the US. Each student was responsible for a state and was able to creatively respresent their state's important highlights. It was also a great way to teach regions in chunks and then put it all together at the end.
By Sunnyteacher from , OR
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