These 32 Earth Day Informational Text Structures Task Cards will help your students practice this important Common Core reading skill while learning about Earth Day and environmental issues in April. Students will read a short description on each card and will use the information provided to determine which type of text structure they would use if they were to write about the topic. Each card is related to Earth Day or has an ecology theme. These task cards are lots of fun and promote higher level thinking.
I just love these task cards! It's awesome to me when you combine different subject areas, like science with reading skills practice. It just makes sense these days when we don’t seem to have enough time to fit everything in. So, not only will your students get to work on reading skills that are some of the most crucial for informational text understanding, but they will become more familiar and hopefully more interested in helping to take care of our environment.
I do love task cards and think they are such a versatile tool for the classroom. You can use them in learning stations, for 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 shoe box with dividers works really well to keep them organized.
*** Please note that these task cards are also included in my complete Earth Day Literacy Unit for 4th and 5th Graders:
Earth Day Literacy Unit for 4th - 5th
Here are some other task cards that you might find useful:
Task Cards: Close Reading Questions for Teachers
Figurative Language Task Cards
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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