The Next Generation Science Standards require students investigate complex ideas and relate them to interests of the students while Common Core ELA standards require students to write opinion pieces. This product is a perfect combination of these standards. Each set of cards contains an original reading passage to get students to think about human interactions with the environment and 4 writing prompts to help students interpret the information and understand different points of view. There are 3 sets of task cards; therefore, you will receive 3 original texts and 12 writing prompts. As a bonus, I have provided 4 generic writing prompts students can use if they research an animal of their choice. The standards met by these cards include:
NGSS 5-ESS3-1: Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.1, 4.1, 5.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information
The best part of this product is that it builds on students natural curiosity about animals and gives them an authentic purpose for writing. The prompts are highly engaging to all students, even those who hate to write! These versatile task cards can be used to supplement a science unit on animals or during an opinion writing unit. Please check out the preview to get a freebie from this unit!