The topic of this task card set is on the River Valley Civilizations (Tigris, Euphrates, Nile, Indus, Huang He).
Each task card has a question and a QR Code that links to a website or file in which the answer to the question can be found. Please note--I have designed these with my school system's strict internet filters in mind. Therefore none are linked to video files, wikis or blogs because all of these are blocked by my school system's internet filters. On the task cards some questions are short answer that the answer can be easily found for, others require higher order thinking and aren’t explicitly stated in the site linked.
These work best with iPads or iPad Minis since students need to be able to read through information on each site in order to complete their research. I use these to fulfill the informational text/research based Common Core research skills.
There are a total of 36 task cards which can be used as a station while other students explore the same topic in other ways, as an early finisher activity or as an enrichment activity.
Common Core Alignment:
Reading Standards for Informational Text: Key Ideas and Details
1. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Reading Standards for Informational Text: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
7. Integrate information presented in different media or formats as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Reading Standards for Informational Text: Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
10. By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Writing Standards:Research to Build and Present Knowledge
7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.