What is Thinktivity™?First, your students read passages over a Social Studies topic multiple times in order to answer questions related to the tasks. As students complete the six tasks, they earn a robot part to color and put together at the end! Bring out the colored pencils, markers, or crayons to add some creativity and art to the academic rigor of Thinktivity™. Of course, differentiating lessons is not just about giving different material to students. It's about having a variety of tasks. That's why Thinktivity™ helps students focus while maintaining rigor. There are six different tasks that teach the content and help students comprehend reading while having fun! Students participate in fill in the blank, vocabulary, written responses, true or false, multiple choice, and hidden message/word search. To begin, here are the six tasks your students experience to bring rigor to their Social Studies lessons!
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Fill in the BlankFirst, students receive a reading passage with a word bank and fill in the blanks within the reading passage. I love these close reading activities because students start to recognize the content specific words and have to read carefully to put them in the passage. This activity is engaging and brings rigor to the Social Studies classroom!
Vocabulary and Context CluesFor those unfamiliar words in the reading passage, it’s time for the vocabulary task!
Written ResponseWhen it comes to academic rigor, written response takes the cake! Next, students have a choice with the third task between three writing prompts related to the reading passage. These are higher level, open ended response questions to improve focus and also rigor.
True or FalseThis is not your average true or false! Overall, this type of true or false activity improves focus with hands-on learning in Social Studies. First, students color the gears that correspond with the true questions and add up the total number. That total of the true gears in the end earns them a robot part! They’re getting closer to completing their robot with this Thinktivity™ activity for Social Studies.
Multiple ChoiceNext, multiple choice questions contain various question stem types and refer to the passages to help students improve comprehension. This rigorous task also earns a robot part! Overall, these comprehension questions help students learn content and have fun!
Hidden MessageFinally, task six is a student favorite. Your students find all the words from the word search list. These are content related words. In the end, the words not crossed out reveal a hidden message! This special spin on a traditional word search is what makes Thinktivity™ activities so much fun, engaging, and a way to improve focus with hands-on learning!
Thinktivity™ LessonsNo matter what Social Studies content you are teaching this year, Thinktivity™ activities have it covered with hands-on learnings. Bring out the six tasks and also robot building for the following Social Studies units:
How exciting to provide academic rigor as well as engaging hands-on lessons for your upper elementary Social Studies students!