This 32 piece Task Card Set called Shades of Meaning Words for Women’s History will help you integrate social studies and reading in your classroom, while teaching your students some important information about women who have done notable things. The cards also target vocabulary skills and provide lots of focused practice determining the word’s stronger shade of meaning from a list of three possibilities.
The task cards include information about these notable women:
Sally Ride, Anne Frank, Jane Goodall, Nellie Bly, Molly Pitcher, Margaret Thatcher, Harriet Tubman, Joan of Arc, Helen Keller, Marie Curie, Sacajawea, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nellie Taylor Ross, Marian Anderson, Maya Angelou, Rachel Carson, Zora Neale Thurston, Billie Jean King, Sybil Ludington, Sonia Sotomayor, Ella Fitzgerald, Lucille Ball, Juliette Gordon Low, Martha Graham. Sarah Hale, J.K. Rowling, Frida Kahlo, and Mary Walker.
I just love task cards and think they are such a versatile tool for the classroom. You can use them in a literacy center, in small groups, or even individually. Another option is to use one card at a time with the whole class. I like to keep a stack of cards on my desk that go with whatever concept we're working on and pull a few of them out to do together whenever we have a few extra minutes. They’re also fun to use along with board games like checkers, Jenga or Candy Land. Kids must answer a task card correctly to be able to move.
My favorite way to use task cards though, is to use them as a rotational activity. Simply print out the record sheet for each child and station the cards at different places around the room. You can call "Scoot" after a few minutes and kids rotate to the next station. Or depending upon the class, you can let the kids rotate to any card that's open. I love to send them on this "scavenger hunt" in buddies because I like to hear the kids collaborating on their answers. Kids love the movement too and it's always neat to see them really enjoying an activity and learning at the same time.
The task cards can be printed in color or grayscale and can be laminated and used again and again. Baggies are great to store them in or you could hole punch each card's corner and put them all on a ring. A plastic shoebox with dividers works really well to keep them organized.
************ Please note, this set of task cards is also included in my 86 page Women’s History Literacy Set. Lots of awesome materials to bring this interesting subject to life!
Women’s History Month Literacy Set
Here are some other reading task cards for March:
St. Patrick’s Day Task Card Bundle
St. Patrick’s Day Fact or Opinion Task Cards
St. Patrick’s Day Figurative Language
St. Patrick’s Day Informational Text Structures
You might also find these resources useful:
Main Ideas, Supporting Details and Summary
Text Evidence Using Informational Text: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade
Themes in Literature: Common Core for 4th and 5th Grade
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