These 32 Cause and Effect: Famous Americans Task Cards will help your students practice this important reading skill, while integrating social studies information! Kids will read a piece of information about a famous American on each card and determine the cause or effect of various historical events.
Each card has a really interesting mini-story about famous Americans your students should know about. I love the fact that by combining social studies and reading that we're reinforcing basic American cultural knowledge but also practicing reading skills at the same time. The task cards are really fun and are ones that your kids will enjoy!
I really 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. They’re great for fast finishers or can be used as an assessment tool as well. 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.
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 task card set is also included in my Famous Americans Task Card Bundle:
Famous Americans Task Card Bundle
This bundle also includes:
Character Traits: Famous Americans Task Cards
Inferences: Famous Americans Task Cards
Want a complete Cause and Effect unit? (Has two different sets of task cards plus lots of other materials):
Cause and Effect from Informational Text: 4th and 5th Grade Common Core
Cause and Effect from Informational Text: 3rd Grade Common Core
Looking for more task cards for Common Core?
Task Cards for Text Evidence Using Informational Text: Common Core 3rd – 5th Grades
Task Cards for Themes in Literature: Common Core
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