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Problem and Solution - Text Structure Task Cards

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
Formats Included
  • PDF
22 pages
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Practicing with Problem and Solution Task Cards, students gain a real understanding of the text structure. There are thirty cards with a variety of activities for plenty of practice on this essential reading comprehension skill.

NOTE: For a digital version with one task card per slide, and ready for students use with text boxes, etc for their answers on Google slides, see Problem and Solution Task Cards Digital Resource. This PDF version is also included with the digital resource.

With the task cards, students practice identifying the text structure and its key terms. They identify problems, solutions, possible solutions, suggested solutions, and supporting evidence. The activities include:

  • identifying which sentence has a problem and solution text structure
  • identifying the problem and the solution in sentences
  • completing a graphic organizer to show the problem and solution in a short passage
  • answering problem and solution questions
  • completing a graphic organizer to show a problem with several possible solutions
  • completing a graphic organizer to show the steps to solving a problem
  • completing a graphic organizer to show a suggested solution and supporting reasons
  • illustrating a problem and its solution
  • writing problem and solution sentences using key words
  • making a flip chart

These task cards are designed specifically for middle school and upper elementary kids. The cards are large – two cards per page and have more content per card than many of the smaller task cards – perfect for older kids who can handle more than one quick question per card.

Included with this set is a blank answer sheet for students to fill in their answers.

Also included is a list of suggestions for ways to use task cards and a list of suggestions for easy differentiation with task cards.

Task cards are great for whole class games or activities like centers, stations, or partner work. Individual cards can also be selected for review work as needed. With thirty cards including a variety of activities, they should work well with kids at a range of ability and skill levels.

These task cards support the Common Core standards for reading informational text, identifying text structures, using text-based evidence, and reading proficiently with understanding.

This set of task cards have content and graphics designed for middle school and upper elementary students.

For more reading task cards, including sets for other text structures and for each story element, see: Task Cards.

These task cards are also available packages in a package along with my Problem and Solution Slide Presentation.

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Total Pages
22 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
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.
Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.
Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.


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