Two sets of cards that can be used to work on cause and effect skills or inferring skills. Cards can be used for one-on-one practice, small group or center activities, or used as flash cards for whole class instruction.
Cause and Effect activities - have students match the cause to the effect in a matching game, have all cards face down and have students play "memory" to match the causes to the effects, give students only one column of cards (either all cause cards in column 1, or all effect cards in column 2) and have students craft their own appropriate effects or causes.
Inference activities - Have students infer what happened based on scenario given on their card, have students craft their own paragraph story that does not explicitly tell what happened using a card as a guide for the events in their short story.
I have used this activity with grades 6 and 8, but it can be used in grades 5 and 7 as well.
Common Core Standards addressed for grade levels 5-8:
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3 Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.3 Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.