I went to Owl and Mouse, a site that maps you can print for free that can be as small as 1 page or as large 64 pages, or anywhere in between, and printed out the map of the United States for my kids 8 and up.
My 8  and 11 year-olds both label just the states while looking at the map puzzles or another map. My 13 year old already memorized the locations for 45 states before we started, so he labels states and their capitals. In order to understand the geography of the United States and how it has influenced the history of the country, it's important to know how to read and interpret a map. The first map of the United States that you'll need to become familiar with is the one below, which shows the country's important geographic features, such as lakes, rivers, and mountain ranges. Because two states, Alaska and Hawaii, are located so far away from the continental United States (the other 48 states), they will be shown in separate boxes on the bottom left in most of the maps in this interactive. I got tired of making 3 copies of the map for my kids to label, so I made a 4 sheet by 4 sheet map of the United States, had Staples make 2 additional copies, and laminate them.

This is working so well, I plan to use a similar method as we learn the rest of the countries in North America and the World.
Usually, north is at the top, south is at the bottom, east is on the right, and west is on the left. Symbols such as lines, colors, or pictures are often used in maps to represent geographical features, such as lakes, rivers, or mountains.
Examine it closely since you'll need to know the locations of these features for this chapter and the ones that follow. Yes, I know that boundaries and country names change, but it is still a reasonable goal for kids (and adults). My younger kids, 8 and under, put together the regional puzzle (see image below on the left). Each card is two sided, includes a one question multiple choice quiz, interesting state information and a map.

Then, my kids drew  and labeled their own mountain ranges, rivers, and lakes using a wet erase marker. They can also be used to represent borders between countries, cities, capitals, and other manmade landmarks. For my older kids, I cut out most states and had them put it together (see image below on the right).

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