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This product includes 20 reading task cards that focus primarily on theme and the author’s purpose. These task cards vary in reading levels and difficulty and can be used in 3rd–6th grades. Both fiction and nonfiction texts are included. Each card contains a short passage, a mix of multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, and/or graphic organizers to fill in. Task cards are half a page and should be printed double-sided with the passage on one side and the tasks (questions) on the back. Student response sheets are included if you don’t want students to write on the actual task cards.



  • 10 – Theme Task Cards

  • Theme Student Response Sheet (1 full sheet)

  • Theme Answer Key

  • 10 – Author’s Purpose Task Cards

  • Author’s Purpose Student Response Sheet (1 full sheet)

  • Author’s Purpose Answer Key


Ways to use Task Cards:

  • These task cards can be used in several different ways. They are perfect for…

  • Reviewing specific reading skills

  • Test prep

  • Small group instruction

  • Literacy centers / stations

  • Partner work

  • Intervention groups

  • Around the room activity where the students rotate around the room answering questions

  • Daily test prep review by projecting or printing one card a day

  • Bell ringers

  • Warm-up activity

  • Mini-lesson extension

  • Exit tickets