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These 25 Choice Cards are designed for Common Core and include Narratives (Science Fiction Short Story, Historical Fiction Short Story, Fantasy Short Story, Mini-Biography, Script), News Articles, Argumentative Essays, Opinion Pieces/Editorials, Speeches, Monologues, Research Papers, Persuasive Letters writing prompts that cover multiple standards for Common Core. See the full packet contents listed below and click on Preview under the thumbnails above to see a sample of the packet contents.
Choice Cards® are task cards, but we think the word CHOICE is more motivational. Students have lots of CHOICES with BYTES Power Smarts IT! Packs. Students can choose an IT! Pack and, within that pack, they can choose which of the 25 Choice Card activities they would enjoy doing. Choice Cards make learning FUN because the topics have real world connections, there are a variety of product options, and they are based on student choice!
WRITE IT! Choice Cards are designed for Common Core and 21st Century Skills and Themes. More than one Common Core Standard is integrated into each Choice Card. The Standards listed are represented in this pack, but the actual Standards covered will depend on which Choice Card the student chooses.
Choice Cards are perfect for students Grades 4-6 (depending on student ability) who are independent learners, compact out of a unit, fast finishers, or gifted. Choice Cards work well in learning centers, small group instruction, or individual Choice Cards can be selected for whole group instruction.
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BYTES Power Smarts instructional materials are designed by Kathy Hackett and Theresa Jackson who have over 55 years of combined teaching experience in the areas of preschool education; elementary gifted and talented education; twice exceptional education; and deaf education; adult literacy; and undergraduate and graduate college education. Theresa and Kathy have received many outstanding educator awards including The Washington Post newspaper’s Agnes Meyer Outstanding Educator, Maryland State Department of Education Awards, and Time for Kids Excellence in Education, and both have coached first place state winning Odyssey of the Mind and Destination Imagination teams that have competed at the global level. See our profile page for more information about us.
Power Smarts® and Choice Cards® are registered trademarks of inLightenment, Inc. As owners of inLightenment, Inc., we give you permission to use the terms Power Smarts® and Choice Cards® and to enlarge our instructional materials for use in your classroom as long as you do not sell or share these items.
Choice Cards, signs, and posters can be printed in color or grayscale although we recommend the use of color to keep students interested and focused. Teacher directions, information, and standards pages are designed in grayscale to save on ink. Every printer is different, so we suggest adjusting your printer settings to:
Page Size: Actual Size; Orientation: Auto Portrait/Landscape; Page Set Up: Borderless 8.5 X 11"; Scale: 100%. To save ink, try one page to be sure it prints the borders before printing the entire packet as you might have to make printer setting adjustments.
Write It! Set 1 includes:
Teacher Notes and Suggestions for Display
Research Based Connections: Metacognition, Multiple Intelligences, Levels of Thinking, and Creativity
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Common Core Standards Connections for Grades 4-6
21st Century Skills Connections
POWER Writing Process Poster
Adventures in Learning with BYTES Power Smarts – Learning Center Signs
Student Choice Card Packet
Power Smarts Chart
POWER Writing Process Chart
8-Bit BYTE with Power Smarts and Intellitokens
25 Write It! Choice Card Prompts with Instructions
Prompts Include: Narratives (Science Fiction Short Story, Historical Fiction Short Story,Fantasy Short Story, Mini-Biography, Script), News Articles, Argumentative Essays, Opinion Pieces/Editorials, Speeches, Monologues, Research Papers, Persuasive Letters.
If your students enjoyed this Choice Card set, they might also like:
Design It! Choice Cards - Set 1
Argue It! Choice Cards – Set 1
Explore It! Choice Cards – Research – Animal Kingdom - Set 1
Do It! Choice Cards - Set 1, Social Concerns
Research It! Choice Cards - Animals - Set 1
Journal It! Choice Cards – Set 1
Words for Fun! Choice Cards – Traits of Successful Students
Words for Fun! Choice Cards – Technology - Set 1
Words for Fun! Choice Cards – Science - Set 1
Words for Fun! Choice Cards – Art - Set 1
Words for Fun! Choice Cards – Engineering - Set 1
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BYTES Power Smarts Character Posters
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