For a class of middle grade kids who love to work in groups and love to move around the room, task cards can be your go-to resource. They are so handy to have around and pull out throughout the year as needed. And task cards work great for any language arts skills – reading, writing, vocabulary, and more.
For this age group I definitely prefer cards with a more content per card so that the kids spend a little more time on each activity. Many of my task card sets include a reading passage on each card with three to four questions per card. For middle grade kids, this seems to be a good length – long enough for them to really get engaged but short enough to keep them motivated. Other cards feature a variety of different activities. (After that’s the beauty of using task card – variety!)
Here are some of my favorites, from my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Each set includes 30 cards. The cards have colorful borders and a white background and print well in black and white or color.
For working on specific reading skills, I have three sets now including task cards about characterization, making inferences, and using context clues.
Characterization Kids seems to be the most popular. It include:
Choosing character traits from a word bank
Choosing character traits – multiple choice
Describing a pictured character
Writing a paragraph
Listing character traits to describe a famous person
Comparing two characters
Completing a character web for a novel character
Drawing a character with certain character traits
Describing static and dynamic characters
Thinking Caps is all about making inferences. Students make inferences from paragraphs, quotes, cliches, signs, pictures, and more. They will make inferences about occupations, food, people and families, the weather, a recipe, and other topics. Some, but not all, of the cards are cowboy themed.
Expedition provides students with various types of practice using context clues. With these cards, students practice using context clues to:
Choose the best definition
Choose among multiple meanings of words
Choose and write synonyms
Make good word choices
Solve riddles, and
Draw detailed illustrations.
My two newest sets are about Idioms, proverbs, and adages.
Flying Pigs provides students with various types of practice identifying and understanding the meaning of idioms. The idioms are presented in sentences to provide context. With these cards, students work with idioms to complete the following activities:
Fill in the missing word
Draw the literal meaning
Identify and define the idiom
Match idioms to their meanings
Use idioms in a sentence
Search for idioms, and
Understand the concept of “idiom.”
Barking Dogs, titled from the proverb “Barking dogs seldom bite,” provides students with various types of practice identifying and understanding the meanings of proverbs, or adages. The proverbs, or adages, are presented in sentences or paragraphs to provide context. With these cards, students work with proverbs, or adages, to complete the following activities:
Fill in the missing word
Draw the literal meaning
Identify and define the proverb
Proverbs in fables
Proverbs as metaphors
Match proverbs to their meanings
Write the fable, and
Understand the concept of “proverb or adage.”
One of my favorite sets is the Proofreading Task Cards. This set is for practice with types of errors that students commonly check for when they are proofreading their work. The topics include punctuation, capitalization, grammar, run-on sentences, homophones, and spelling. Great for individualizing when practice on particular proofreading areas is needed.
Parts of Speech Task Cards includes three cards each about nouns, verbs, pronouns, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, and conjunctions, and one card about interjections. In addition, there are eight cards that are each about several or all of the parts of speech. The activities include sorting for parts of speech, adding a particular part of speech to a sentence, listing words of a particular part of speech and using them in a short passage, matching, unscrambling sentences, and labeling the parts of speech in a sentence.
Analogy Task Cards includes tasks such as completing a group of analogies, choosing the correct type of analogy from multiple-choice answers, identifying the correct type of analogy without assistance, illustrating analogies, and writing analogies.
And finally, the newest addition to Classroom in the Middle’s collection — Mysteries, a FREE set of 12 reading task cards, some fiction and some non-fiction, with a mystery theme.
Get this FREEBIE, and check out the other choices in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, Classroom in the Middle.
Check out the latest – task cards for each story element and each individual text structure!
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