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Organizational Patterns – Sorting Activity

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Free on Plus | 5 pages (PDF)|Grades: 4 - 6

A set of flashcards and paragraphs to use as a sorting activity.

Identifying different text structures can help students comprehend a text more easily.

Use this resource to assist students in identifying different organizational patterns, including:

  • chronological order
  • compare and contrast
  • cause and effect
  • descriptive
  • problem and solution
  • advantage and disadvantage
  • classification.

This resource includes a poster explaining text structure, 7 flashcards explaining the individual organizational patterns, and 28 paragraphs for students to sort.

Ways to use this resource:

  1. Print a set of paragraphs and flashcards on tabloid paper to use as a sorting activity.
  2. Print a set of flashcards on letter-size paper and put them into a reading center.
  3. Print a set of paragraphs and flashcards on letter-size paper to use as a small group activity.
  4. Print a set of flashcards on tabloid paper and display them in the classroom.

The flashcards and paragraphs are in separate downloads. Use the drop-down menu to choose the downloads you want.

  Common Core Curriculum alignment

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