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Reading Genres Fiction Would You Rather Task Cards


Grade Levels:
 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade

No, these PDF printable instructional materials are NOT editable.

Teaching Duration:
5-10 library lessons

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Looking for a fun activity to teach or review fiction genres? Would You Rather cards ask students to choose between two options based on a fiction genre. For example, a card in the mystery set asks if they would rather try to find fingerprints on a corn dog or footprints in hot lava. Add some whimsy and fun to your reading genres lessons!

This 55-page unit is a printable PDF (not editable) and includes:

  • 150 printable task cards, 30 each for 5 different fiction genres: Mystery, Science Fiction, Realistic, Historical, and Fantasy
  • Teaching tips
  • Lesson plan to be used to introduce each genre, for 5 weeks of 45 minute to 1 hour lessons
  • Book lists for each genre
  • Learning center sign, with expectations

You can check out a few of the questions on the sample images.

Included are 30 reading genre task cards each for fantasy, mystery, realistic, historical fiction, and science fiction (total of 150 cards, with two choices each). I’ve also included a list of recommended reading in each genre, in case you are looking for a great read-aloud or a book to suggest to your students.

Students can use the Would You Rather cards to practice supporting their opinions with reasons, verbally or in writing. They can also use math skills and graph group responses. The cards could prompt a search for the chapter book related to the question. To add movement, have students stand on different sides of the room to show their different answers.

In the library, I use the cards as a learning center with verbal responses. We have a lot of fun with these, and it helps students to learn more about the characteristics of the reading genres. I’ve included a printable “I Can” sign for your learning center.

I hope you’ll engage your students in this fun activity to develop their reasoning skills and reading genre knowledge! To extend the learning to writing a genre story, check out our Genres Roll a Story Writing Center!

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Explore – A.2. – C.2.
  • Engage – A.1. – C.2.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards – 

© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.3.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
© Copyright 2019 Texas Education Agency.

  • TEKS LA.3.9
  • TEKS LA.4.9
  • TEKS LA.5.9

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Grade Levels

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


No, this product is not editable.

Lesson Plan Included?

Yes, with AASL Standards

Teaching Duration

about 8 class periods


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