Cause and Effect can sometimes be a tricky reading concept to master but these 2 sets of Common Core Task Cards (64 task cards total) can help! Both sets of task cards will give your students lot of practice with this important reading skill.
One of the task cards sets has cute animals as well as a short description of a cause and effect situation. Kids are asked to determine each of the causes and effects based on the short piece of text. These cards are colorful and really fun!
The second set of task cards has lots of cause and effect situations in picture form. Your students will see flat tires, melted ice cream, muddy kids, or burnt cookies and will have to identify both the cause and the effect. Each card is an interesting picture and my bet is that they'll enjoy this activity so much, that they won't even realize all of the learning that is taking place!
I really love task cards and think they are such a versatile tool for the classroom. You can use them in a literacy center, in small groups, or even individually. They're great for early finishers or you could even use them for assessment. 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 couple 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" in 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.
These cards can be printed in color or grayscale 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 shoe box with dividers works really well to keep them organized.
***Please note: Both of these task card sets are also included in my Cause and Effect Using Informational Text Units.
Cause and Effect from Informational Text: 3rd Grade Common Core
Cause and Effect from Informational Text: 4th and 5th Grade Common Core
Looking for more task cards for Common Core?
Task Cards for Characters: Common Core 3rd – 5th Grades
Task Cards for Inferences Using Informational Text: Common Core 3rd - 5th Grades
Task Cards for Inferences Using Literature: Common Core 3rd - 5th Grades
Task Cards for Main Idea Using Informational Text: Common Core 3rd - 5th Grades
Task Cards for Text Evidence Using Informational Text: Common Core
Task Cards for Themes in Literature: Common Core
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