Task Cards

Grade Levels
2nd - 8th
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71 pages
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This 71-page Comprehension Task Cards resource includes:

  1. 61 different comprehension task cards in both color and black and white
  2. A list of the strategy statements

How to use the task cards:

  • The task cards are meant to move students beyond retelling and summarizing and into deeper thinking like analyzing, critiquing, making connections, predicting, synthesizing, and inferring.

  • There are 10 different task cards for each of the six types of comprehension strategies (one strategy has 11 cards).

  • The cards are available in color and black and white. So, there is a total of 122 printable cards to use with any text!

Tips for using the strategy statements:

  • It is recommended that the strategy statements are taught in a whole group setting before students work independently on the task cards. Teachers could easily use the statements as mini-lesson topics and copy the graphic organizer onto the chart paper. By modeling the strategy and giving examples to the class, students will have a deeper understanding of how to process each skill independently.

  • The cards can be used in several ways. They work great for comprehension discussions during guided reading, literature circles, or after partner reading. Students can respond to the task cards in writing during independent reading time or at a comprehension center.

  • By having students write down their thinking, you will have a snapshot of how they think when they are reading. This is a great assessment tool for knowing which types of comprehension strategies you need to re-teach either in a whole group mini-lesson or during guided reading for a specific group of students.

  • One idea is to have the cards laminated. Students could copy the strategy statement and graphic organizer into their reader’s notebooks or on looseleaf. That way the task cards can be used over and over again throughout the year without having to make multiple copies of each card!

Each comprehension card includes:

  • A strategy statement.
  • The type of comprehension that is addressed (inferring, synthesizing, predicting, connecting, analyzing, or critiquing).
  • The rationale or reason why readers need to know this strategy
  • This is the ‘so that…’ portion of the strategy statement.
  • A graphic organizer that students can complete to show their thinking and understanding of the comprehension strategy being addressed.

Copyright © 2015 Jen Bengel

All rights reserved by author.

Permission to copy for single classroom use only.

Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.

Not for public display


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Total Pages
71 pages
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Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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