These 32 Character Traits: Famous Americans Task Cards will help your students practice the important Common Core skill of identifying different types of character traits. Kids will read the short story on each card and make an inference to determine which character traits are shown.
I think your students will really be engaged with the types of information presented on each card. Besides the typical stories we all grew up with, there are also interesting trivia tidbits and quirky details that kids will want to read...for fun!!! While they're reading for fun, they'll be learning so much about American history and about character traits too.
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
Other Famous American Task Cards are here:
Inference: Famous Americans Task Cards
Cause and Effect: Famous Americans Task Cards
Want a complete character trait unit? (Has a different set of task cards plus lots of other materials):
Characters, Settings, and Events: Common Core 3rd - 5th Grades
Looking for more task cards for Common Core?
Task Cards for Main Idea Using Informational Text: Common Core 3rd - 5th Grades
Task Cards for Text Evidence Using Informational Text: Common Core
Task Cards for Themes in Literature: Common Core
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