This is a set of 28 Cause and Effect Earth Science Picture Task Cards that can differentiated for your students.
The earth changes unit is the easiest to practice cause and effect with all the various constructive and destructive processes that occur on earth. Students will use their inference skills along with their earth science schema to generate cause and effect sentences based off of the picture task cards provided. These task cards are a time savor as they help you implement reading skills and strategies in the science curriculum.
To differentiate the task, I have also provided written cause and effect cards for students to match to the appropriate picture or to use instead of the pictures. Additionally, as another science related activity, students can evaluate if each picture is a constructive process or a deconstructive process and justify their decision after classifying them.
The following earth science concepts are covered such as earthquakes, mountain building, island building, volcanoes, landslides, tsunamis, flooding, wind erosion, glaciers, water erosion, deposition, physical weathering, and chemical weathering.
These cards can be used several different ways such as in small groups, in partners, individually, as homework, as a literary center, or a science center. Students can respond on the provided sheet (to be copied back to back) or on notebook paper. Student’s answers may vary so it’s best to determine if the picture supports their reasoning.
These task cards provide more detail when printed in color, however they can be printed in grayscale to save on ink. It is recommended that they are printed, cut, and laminated for repeated use. The pictures can also be used in class as part of the lessons to help students visualize the earth science concepts.
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I graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors in Science degree and an elementary education certificate. I am certified to teach K-8 Self-Contained and Middle School Science. I have taught ever since graduation,with most of my experience in 5th grade. I'm currently completing my Masters program in Differentiation. I utilize a lot of differentiated strategies along with the workshop model in reading, writing, math, and sometimes science. I love more hands-on activities that are related to real life for students to explore. I'm not a huge fan of worksheets, but do use them occasionally.