Columbus Day: Reading Passage & Vocabulary Task Boom Cards

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5th - 8th, Homeschool
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This Boom Learning℠ resource includes 2 activities to help students learn about Columbus Day, a Federal holiday in the U.S. The first activity is a reading passage about Christopher Columbus. The second activity is to match definitions with words related to Columbus Day. Detailed instructions to students and a word bank are provided on the first card in the deck. The second card is the menu that students use to select the activities they will do.

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In Activity 1, students read a biography of Christopher Columbus and answer comprehension questions. There are 3 cards for the reading passage about the life and legacy of the explorer. Students who need extra support can click on the audio icon to hear the text read out loud. Alternating the reading passage cards are 3 cards with 3 comprehension questions on each card about the text on the preceding card. Students are able to go back and look at the reading passage cards if they need help. The answers self-correct and students cannot move on to the next card until all 3 answers on a card are correct. The text is written in easy to understand language so English Language Learners at intermediate and higher levels of language proficiency can comprehend it.

In Activity 2, there are 20 digital task cards that help students learn or review vocabulary words about Columbus Day. On each card, there is a definition and then students select the word that matches the definition by clicking on the correct word from a list or typing the correct word in a box. Students read the definition and they can also click on the audio symbol to hear the definition read aloud. These cards also self-correct and students cannot move on to the next card until they have correctly matched the word to the definition.

The Activity 2 digital vocabulary task cards have 4 types of multiple choice and fill in the blank answers, with 5 cards in each set:

a) Multiple choice with 4 possible answers

b) Multiple choice with 2 possible answers

c) Fill in the blank with the correct word; these cards provide a picture as a clue

d) Multiple choice with 3 possible answers

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This resource is a fun and engaging way to help your students learn about Christopher Columbus, the effect the voyages of Columbus had on the indigenous people he encountered, and to learn or review vocabulary words about the Columbus Day holiday in the U.S.


What you get in this product:

In the PDF file:

★ Cover (1 page)

★ A table of contents for quick reference (1 page)

★ A Notes to the Teacher section with background information, including the ELA Common Core anchor standard addressed, and the link to the resource on the Boom Learning site (2 pages)

★ Descriptions of the organizational cards in this deck (1 page)

★ Descriptions of the cards for the 2 activities in this deck (2 pages)

★ Copyright, social media & credits information (1 page)

In the Boom Learning resource:

★ Directions to students and list of vocabulary words (1 card)

★ Menu card from which students choose which set to do (1 card)

★ Activity 1 cards: Reading Passage (6 cards)

★ Activity 2 cards: Vocabulary task (20 cards)

★ 1 card at the end of each activity that takes students back to the Menu card (1 card for each activity for a total of 2 cards)


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8 PDF Pages & 30 Boom Cards
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.


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