These 32 Common Core Task Cards will help your students practice the important reading strategy of using context clues to figure out word meanings. Each task card has a short story including a 3rd grade vocabulary word and asks students to identify the meaning of the word from the choices given. This set will provide your students with some great vocabulary building practice.
One of the great things about these cards is that they give your students concentrated practice with context clues in a short amount of time. Using context clues is such a foundational reading strategy and the task cards are less intimidating than a full text, but still provide your students with lots of opportunities for practice.
I just 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 are perfect for those fast finishers and they are great to use as an end of the unit assessment. 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.
I am so happy to share these with you and hope that you will find them really helpful for your kids.
This set can also be purchased as part of a three set bundle at 20% off:
Context Clues Task Card Bundle for 3rd Grade
Here are the other sets if you'd like to purchase them separately:
Context Clues Task Cards for 3rd Grade Set 1
Context Clues Task Cards for 3rd Grade Set 2
Looking for more task cards for Common Core?
Task Cards for Characters
Task Cards for Inferences Using Informational Text
Task Cards for Inferences Using Literature
Task Cards for Main Idea Using Informational Text
Task Cards for Text Evidence Using Informational Text
Task Cards for Themes in Literature
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