Use these fun activities to celebrate Columbus Day with your students!
This packet includes an informational text piece about Christopher Columbus. There are FOUR Common Core activities using this informational text piece.
The following Common Core activities are included in this packet:
Informational Text Piece
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Use this next activity to help your students identify who, what, when, where, why, and how details of informational text.
Students will follow the directions on the next page and use the color coding activity to identify the details in the text. Once the details are identified, students will write a summary about what they have learned using the details they outlined.
Alternatively, you can use the third page in this section and simply have students write complete sentences to answer the questions. They can use their highlighted information to help them form the sentences.
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
Have students cut out the boxes on the third page. These boxes contain the main points from each paragraph. They’ll need to match up the main points to the paragraphs and paste them in the correct box. They’ll need to use the informational text page to find the correct main points.
Alternatively, students can use the two pages after the cut and paste activity to write down the main topics of each paragraph for the informational text selection. They can use the lined paper to write a summary using the main points they found from the informational text.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Copy the papers front to back and have students use the information text to find the events that happened in the years listed on the paper. Students will write down the events on the lines next to the year. “1492” is listed twice because two events for 1492 are listed in the text piece.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Students will create a cute ship to display their vocabulary words. Students will define the words and use the words in a sentence to show mastery of the knowledge of the word.
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