Our district adopted the Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook this year, found on the DiscoveryEd online portal. As the trainers for this Techbook even say, it is "not a curriculum" but rather "a resource." To that end, my colleagues and I have had to create a variety of worksheets to support the activities in the Techbook as well as quiz questions for reading passages that can be uploaded to Socrative or Kahoots or even used on Google Forms. Some of the resources have been retyped from the original pdf format into a Word doc or spreadsheet with minor format and directions changes. ALL resources I have created are for Grade 7, World Geography chapters TO ACCOMPANY the DiscoveryEd online Techbook. There is no direct text from the chapters themselves. For that, you will need an account with Discovery Education.
This particular resource connects to Grade 7 World Geography Techbook Chapter 6.3. A huge part of our Standards Based Report cards in SS is the written response. For 7th graders, that refers to the Short Constructed Response in science and social studies. To that end, we expanded the assessment listed in Ch. 6.3 to be graded against the writing standards.
In this assessment, the students explore Techbook resources on holidays in India, East Asia, and others to see what each means. Frequently, students have heard of a holiday, i.e. Yom Kippur, but they do not know what it stands for or how it is observed. We added in additional online resources about Diwali, the Festival of Light. Next, students chose one religion and/or holiday (much of our discussion centered around how holidays that began as religious often become more mainstream and have little to do with religion in this day and age), and write a Short (informative) Response about that festival. Finally, we asked students to create a Prezi to accompany that holiday and show it to the class.
This assignment can NOT be done independently of Discovery Education. The Techbook is required for the research behind the festivals and holidays.