Wednesday, May 25, 2016

5 Ways to Use Task Cards in the Classroom



More effective and engaging than worksheets, Task cards should be a part of every classroom!  What are task cards? They are cards that contain a task or activity for the students to complete, can range in skills/content, and can used in SO many ways. Here are 5 ways to use task cards in the classroom!





1.  Early Finishers – when students are done with their seatwork, they can grab a set of task cards to complete independently. Store them in a small container, or zip-loc bag, along with crayons and pencils.  This way, the students will have everything they need, and won’t interrupt you or others for supplies.



2.     Scoot Game – spread the cards out amongst tables/desks.  Each student gets a recording sheet.  They are to complete the task on the card, and record their answer.  After 2-3 minutes, the teacher says “scoot”, and the student rotate to the next area.  Repeat until students have went to each area.


3.    Assessments – pull students individually to complete the task and record their answer.  You will see right away if they are struggling with a particular area. 


4.    Morning Work - Students self-select task cards to complete when they come into the classroom. 


       
5.    Home-School Activity Bag:  Put a class set of recording sheets in 2 pocket folder.  Label the pockets “Blank” and “Complete”.  Hole punch and the task cards on a small binder ring. (This will assure all task cards come back J) Put the folder, task cards, and a set of crayons in a manila envelope or bag.  Send home with a different student each night.  They complete the activities at home, place their completed work in the folder, and return the bag the next day.


Below are a just a few of my Task Card resources.  You can check out the entire collection in my TPT store, here.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ABC-Order-Fall-Task-Cards-SCOOT-Center-2811796

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/One-More-One-Less-Ocean-Task-Cards-2560165

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Counting-How-Many-Scoot-2559705

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Addition-to-10-Summer-Fun-Task-Cards-2571143



https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Addition-to-20-Summer-Fun-Task-Cards-2572750

What are your favorite ways to use task cards in the classroom? Feel free to share in the comments below J Thanks for stopping by!

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