The outstanding iPad card sort is designed to help students studying the American West, explain why so many people decided to settle on the Great Plains? It is designed to be used with the full spectrum of leaners and can also be used as a starter, plenary or revision activity. If you are looking for a resource that provides more challenge, then please check out my diamond 9 activity in my TES shop.
When you purchase this resource you will also receive a hard copy of the card sort as well as a PowerPoint with the aims, objectives, instructions, task codes and the password you will need to activate the activity on https://www.thinking-kit.com/. The activity involves sorting fourteen statements by dragging and dropping them onto the headings labelled US Government policies, end of the US Civil War, technology and transcontinental railway. Once the initial activity is complete, students can then discuss and feedback their answers before saving them into a PDF version which can be saved, submitted for marking or printed off. You can extend their knowledge and understanding further by getting them to decide which factor was the most important. The final result should make an excellent resource for revision or the basis for an essay plan.
As a courtesy, we've also included a hard copy of the card sort in the form of a Microsoft Office Word document, just in case you do not have enough iPads on the day
The aims and objectives for this lesson are:
Theme: The American West
Know: What were the main reasons why Homesteaders settled on the Great Plains?
Understand: What roles were played by technology, the US government, the railroad companies and the end of the Civil War?
Evaluate: Which factor played the most important role?
WILF: What Am I looking for?
Identify and describe: Why did so many people settle on the Great Plains?
Explain: The roles played by different factors
Analyse: Which factor played the most important role?
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