Reading Passages and Bingo - American Pioneers

BINGO is a fun way to review new concepts and vocabulary words. The words in this BINGO set relate to the topics of Pioneers of the Old West, and make the perfect review for the eight pages of informational text that are included in this product.

This product includes:
8 One-Page Passages of Informational Text (LEXILE 850-900)
36 Unique Bingo Cards (18 pages with two cards per sheet)
The Caller’s Tracking Sheet
24 Calling Cards Containing Words and Clues

Informational Text
There are eight pages of informational text about the topic: Pioneers of the Old West. The passages cover the following topics:
• Pioneers of the Old West
• Sod Homes and Log Cabins
• Pioneer Dangers and Hardships: Weather
• Dangers and Hardships: Insects and Disease
• Pioneers: Life and Chores on the Prairie
• A Demanding Life
• Pioneer Schools
• Teachers: Schoolmasters and Schoolmistresses

Words that are included:
The Homestead Act; Sod; Schoolmaster; Schoolmistress; Log Cabins; Gristmill; Primer; Copy-Books; Courting; Rote; Locusts; Malaria; Schoolhouse Blizzard; Drought; Bugs, Snakes and Mice; One Room Schoolhouse; Dunce Cap; Rocky Mountain Grasshoppers; Chores of Pioneer Boys; Chores of Pioneer Girls; Common Pioneer Illnesses; Herbs, Roots and Tea; Pioneer School Subjects; Smoking and Salting

Although all cards contain the same 24 words, the order on each card is unique. Each student will find every word on their card. Of course, this means “blackout” is not a good option – although my students sometimes insisted on playing all the way through and singing out “BINGO” in unison at the end!

This product is great for a large group, class or co-op.! It can be played in the traditional way where the instructor randomly chooses one of the cards and calls out the word. Or, to play as a review game, the instructor can read the clue that appears on the card below the BINGO word.

The passages can also be used for CLOSE READING, using any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included). Note: The informational text also appears in my Wild, Wild West Careers Lesson Plan
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Created: Nov 15, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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