These 32 Task Cards will help your students practice identifying the five types of informational text structures. Students will read a short description of an informational text passage and are asked which text structure would be the best choice to organize the information. The structures included are Description, Order and Sequence, Compare and Contrast, Cause and Effect, and Problem and Solution.
This set includes:
32 Informational Text Structures Task Cards
Student Record Sheet
Task cards are awesome because they give students practice in a fun format and because they are such a versatile tool for the classroom. You can use them in a literacy center, in small groups, or even individually. 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" with 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 black and white 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 phoot box or shoe box with dividers works really well to keep them organized.
***Please note that these task cards are also included in both of my very complete Informational Text Structures Units:
Informational Text Structures: 3rd Grade
Informational Text Structures: 4th and 5th Grades
If you're looking for more Informational Text Structures practice, I have created some reading sorts which may be used for centers, whole class, or for one on one:
Informational Text Structures Sort
The Informational Text Structures Sort is part of a 10 Game Nonfiction Bundle, as well as a 20 Game Reading Bundle with Nonfiction and Fiction:
10 Nonfiction Reading Games
20 Reading Games Bundle
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