Create a new level of engagement and support for ELLs and visual learners with these task cards for planets that include matching labeled photos. This center challenges students to read clues, determine the described vocabulary word, and record their answers. Photos (similar to what the surface of each planet is thought to look like) are included to match each solar system task card and are used to support students and differentiate the activity to meet student needs.
: The labeled photos also make beautiful Science word walls that students love using!
My energetic students love when I tape these space task cards around the room to let them MOVE while reviewing the planets of our solar system.
These 10 planets task cards require students to read closely and use clues to determine their answer, which integrates the reading skill of making inferences. Meaning, this activity is awesome for a cross-content reading center -- helping to squeeze in more desperately needed Science time!
2 Ways to Play
1. Less support: Search the Room
Post the cards around the room. Independently or in pairs, students locate task cards, read the clues carefully to determine which word bank word is being described, and record their answers on their answer document. (For added support, students can carry the labeled photos with them to refer to as needed.)
2. More support: Stationary Center
For differentiation, provide students with the task cards and photographs of the answers. Students match the picture cards with the task card descriptions and record their answers on the response sheet.
This activity is based on 4th grade Science standards.
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