Using evidence to support claims can be so challenging for children to master. Use these free activities from The Curriculum Corner to give your students a little practice.
This mini-lesson will help students visualize what it means to support claims with evidence.
We have created a set of task cards along with a graphic organizer for this skill.
While we created this with the thought of it being a mini-lesson, you can adapt as needed. For students who are already familiar with this skill, you might be able to place this activity at a center for small group practice.
This lesson could also be used as a part of your small group instruction if you feel that not all of your students need this skill.
Claim & Evidence Mini-Lesson
- The blue cards are designed to be used as a part of your mini-lesson.
- We have created a claim: Our class is the greatest.
- To accompany this claim, we have made an assortment of smaller cards. Some of these are written to be evidence to support the claim and some of the statements do not belong.
- As part of your mini-lesson have students determine which cards are the evidence and which cards do not support the claim.
- You may also decide to conduct your mini-lesson without the evidence cards.
- You can have your students create their own evidence for the claim.
- Once the mini-lesson is complete, the cards can be placed at a center for sorting practice.
Claim & Evidence Graphic Organizer
- Once students have practiced the concept of supporting a claim with evidence, you can use our graphic organizer for independent work.
- Place at a center along with topic ideas and have students work to write evidence for a claim.
- Or, use as a writing option during independent writing time in your classroom. Students can complete a graphic organizer and transform it into a paragraph using their ideas.
- This could also be a writing mini-lesson!
Have other ideas? Please share them below so that other teachers can use your great suggestions!
This using evidence to support claims resource is provided as two separate downloads below. You will need to click on each to download the set.
You can download the Claims & Evidence here: Cards
You can download the Claims & Evidence Organizer here: Graphic Organizer
If you are looking for an anchor chart containing evidence based terms for your students, check out our version here: Evidence Based Terms Anchor Chart. It is a part of our resources on writing reading response journals in the classroom on The Curriculum Corner 456.