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Fun With Nonfiction Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 6 pages | Grades: 1 - 2

Solidify your nonfiction reading response lessons with this set of 12 comprehension task cards.

Boost Your Students’ Nonfiction Reading Response Skills

Whether they’re determining fact vs. opinion in news articles, compiling data for research essays, interpreting informative texts, and more, students will need to be able to think critically about works of nonfiction they read and write. 

These nonfiction task cards build the foundation your students need for understanding the concepts and skills needed to respond to factual texts

After students have read a nonfiction text, organize them into small groups. Each student will take a turn drawing a task card from a central pile, then all the students complete the stated task.

In addition to individual student work time, use these nonfiction task cards to enhance learning through guided reading groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your nonfiction reading and writing lessons

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, or ELL/ESL students, check out these suggestions for keeping readers on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by working in pairs and teams. Additionally, provide access to previous assignments and posters and anchor charts for students to recall past lessons. 

➕ Extension Challenge 

After completing all the tasks, have students write or verbally explain tasks they’ve created for another small group to complete. 

Additionally, have students research their preferred topics and write nonfiction texts that apply their emerging knowledge.

🧑‍🏫 Group Lesson

Complete the tasks and answer the questions as an entire class, writing answers on the board.

Get our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies here! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the black and white or color PDF and Google Slides options of this resource. 

Print task cards on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

To keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks, punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring.


 This resource was created by Emily Pate, a teacher in California and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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