It’s time to play United States Bingo! It’s the perfect review to round out your state studies for the United States of America. This United States Bingo pack is intended to help your kids learn to recognize each of the shapes of the states in the United States of America. There are 40 different Bingo cards as well as a call sheet. The packs are divided up so you can just download one pack if you need fewer cards or both if you have a lot of kids who want to play.
Assembling the Game
To assemble: Copy off the Bingo sheets and the Bingo Call Sheet. You can access the printables by clicking on the links below.
- U.S.A. Bingo Pack #1 contains 20 Bingo cards (2 per page, 10 pages total).
- U.S.A. Bingo Pack #2 contains 20 additional Bingo cards (2 per page, 10 pages total).
- The Bingo Call Sheet is a one-page spread that shows each of the state pictures and the name of the state.
There are enough here for teachers to use in a classroom or homeschool parents to use in a co-op. If you are just using them for your family, you can just print one of the two packs. Cut the Bingo sheets along the dotted line, creating individual cards. You can laminate them if you want to reuse them. You can also laminate the call sheet. As you call out a state, mark it with a dry erase pen to keep track of the ones you’ve called. Alternately, you can cut apart each state square on the call sheet to put them into a container and then randomly draw out cards.
Playing U.S. Bingo
The adult will use the call sheet and call out states, one by one. The kids will mark the states on their individual gameboards as they are called out. Use buttons, coins, or cereal as markers. The first kid to get five in a row calls out, BINGO!” and wins the game. The five in a row can run horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. The center free space is automatically covered with a marker at the beginning of the game.
- When the kids get a Bingo, have them repeat back the states they covered that formed the Bingo. They are getting more practice naming the states by their shapes, and this also gives you a chance to verify that their Bingo is valid.
- Talk about the shapes of the various states as you go along. You might mention that states with coastlines tend to be jagged on that side, for example. Or you might notice that Florida is a peninsula, Washington has a sound, or Michigan is divided by the Great Lakes.
- For little ones, use the colors and shapes to help them identify each shape. For example, you could call out California and then give the clue that its map is colored purple and it is a tall state with a corner on the top. They can search their boards to find one that matches.
- Just for fun, you could randomly call out a region instead of a state. For example, you could say, “Mark any one of the Southwestern states.” If they know the Southwestern states, they can choose to place a marker on one on their board.
More From Layers of Learning
This exploration is featured in the geography section of Unit 4-20. You can see it and other engaging learning units in our catalog. It’s a review of the state studies throughout Year 4. Check out the unit for even more engaging United States activities to learn and review. Our curriculum guide will walk you right through what you can expect from a Layers of Learning unit. And if you’re just starting out, take a peek at How to Plan A Layers of Learning Unit and Year.
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