I use these as a more authentic way to talk about the text as we do guided reading. I have modeled these task cards as a way to make guided reading more like a lit circle rather than oral reading-focused.
There are six task cards. They are:
...Each card has simple directions, pictures, and sentence starters.
Here is how I structure this time with the task cards:
1) Each student chooses a card. Make sure to model how to do each task.
2) Students silently read one page in the story. This can also be done by whisper reading which allows the teacher to monitor their oral reading.
3) Students think about their job while they wait for everyone to finish.
4) Each student shares their response to their task card.
5) After each student has shared, the teacher might consider reading the page aloud before moving to the next page.
This is a great alternative to authentically talk about a text instead of the old-school "round robin" approach. It is interactive, keeps all students occupied and responsible, and teaches important skills in reading texts.