Making Inferences and Reading Fluency Task Cards Grades 3-5

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This set of 24 making inferences and reading fluency task cards (yes, both!) is perfect to use as a practice opportunity in literacy centers or as an instructional tool when working with students needing extra practice in this area.

Cards are made with an easy-to-read font and are available both in color and black and white. Students can practice rereading using all the clues in the short texts to improve their oral reading skills.

The ability to read a text and use the author’s “clues” to help figure out how to read a text with fluency and expression is a critical reading skill. Tuning into bold words, punctuation, italicized words, emotion words (Ex. “She STORMED down the stairs,” can be read differently than “She TIPTOED down the stairs.”) With practice, readers can tune into these features to make their reading sound more professional. But wait! These cards can be used to work on inferring as well!

Inferring is the ability to “read between the lines” so that comprehension is complete. These cards give the opportunity for teachers to see what students can do with texts—what conclusions they can draw, and if they can place the event within the context of a story. Each card provides a short situation and then asks students to discuss two separate things—to make an inference about the situation or the characters, and then to think about what might have happened before and after! By doing so, these cards can really help with some focused practice that can then be carried over into students’ independent reading. Whether you teach from the Common Core or any other set of rigorous standards, being able to infer is a critical reading skill. Remember to model YOUR thinking as you discuss these as well.

Also included are several recording sheets and supplemental ideas to allow for flexibility of use. No answer key is provided as there are no “right” answers. ENJOY!


Want MORE literacy task cards? Check out THESE sets in my store!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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