I recently discovered the versatility of using Google My Maps as an interactive exploration activities for nurturing students abilities to follow directions. Google My Map could be a fun way for the students to explore different content areas. It provides multiple ways for differentiating activities.
This video demonstrates a few activities which could be used as a pre-assessment of content area along with critical thinking skills. One thing I like about both of these activities is student data is automatically recorded on one map or in one spreadsheet.