Close Reading Task Cards

If you are new to close reading be sure to go back and read my previous post – Close Reading in Science.

In my previous post I mentioned the different steps that I teach my students for close reading. Close reading could also be called annotation, but in essence you are reading more than one time and taking notes around your article. It is very interactive.

Sometimes it is hard for my students to remember all the steps or simply what step they are on. So, I created some annotation task cards.

Currently I have printed out 12 sets on card stock and laminated. I also put them on a book ring. With that number I have enough for one set per pair. Students then have a quick reference for close reading and I also know what step they are on as I cruise around the room.

It is simple to make the task cards and the steps are on my previous post. However, if you would like mine, you can find them by clicking the image below and going to my TpT store.



Thanks for visiting. How do you use annotation or close reading with your students? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below!


Interactive Notes Resources for TFA Peeps

Okay after way too long I am here to post some resources from my table at the innovation fair. I am dividing these by subject areas and I hope that you are able to find some great stuff to use with your students!

*A note about TpT – These are searches I conducted to find resources. TeachersPayTeachers is one of my favorite places. On the side you can select free and view all of the free resources.


Homeschool Share lots of free lap-books and foldables to use for many subject areas. Great starting point and where I first got introduced to the idea of foldables.

Notebooking Fairy – this site has lots of graphic organizers to use in your classroom. I used the timeline pages for my Earth science class last year.

Notebooking Pages – sign up for a free account and you will get access to tons of free resources for interactive notes. It is divided by sections and has one section that includes 3-D notebook pages.

Lapbook Lessons – This includes free templates for lapbooking (3-D notes)

All About Lapbooks – This is a free download that I created to describe what lap-books are and how to use them in the classroom.

TECH Themed Freebie 


TpT Search for Math Foldables 

TpT Search for Interactive Math Notebooks

SCIENCE – These are from my store. Email me and I can send you the links (TFA Peeps)

Rocks and Minerals

Atmosphere and Weather

Life Science

Human Body


Interactive Reading Notebook – NonfictionThis is a resource I purchased for my classroom and my students love it when we take notes.

Interactive Reading Notebook – Fiction: Again another resource I purchased for my classroom.

Interactive Writing Notebook: I have not purchased this, but it looks pretty amazing!

Free Lesson – Making Inferences

Free Lesson – Types of Irony

Free Lesson – Similes

Free Lesson – Context Clues

Poetry Foldables – This is in my store. If you want it, let me know and I will send it to you (TFA Peeps)


Ancient Civilizations Notebook

Ancient Civilizations Notebook pt 2

* There were not very many social studies resources. However, you know your subject so I encourage you to search on your own!

Tech Resource from a School PD –