Task Card Ideas and Uses

 

Have you heard of Task Cards? Have you used them at home or at school? I love how versatile they can be! You can use task cards in Kindergarten or High School.  You can use them for Math, Reading, Science, or even History. And, you can use them ANY time of year because even if your kids aren’t working on that topic right now, it is always nice to practice the skills over and over again.

So, how do you USE task cards? There are SO many ways (and none are “right” or “wrong”), but here is a short list of Task Card ideas:

1. As a whole class game!  Many call this game “SCOOT” because you leave one card on each desk or table for the kids to work on one at a time. When the time is up, they SCOOT to the next one!

2. As a small group or partner game! Some teachers have been so creative with this idea!

Elementary classroom. Focus on teacher standing in front of chalkboard.
Elementary classroom. Focus on teacher standing in front of chalkboard.

3. Small group interventions! Have kids work on these cards individually while you work with another child and/or group. If you are using these at home, you can use them for your child to work on while you are working with another child or while putting a baby down for a nap.

4. Differentiation! Task cards make differentiating a BREEZE!  With my task cards, I usually add 1 small difference in the corner so I know which group of students should work on which set of cards.  BONUS:  I can reuse them later in the year when the groups move around!

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5. Sub Plans! Once your kids know how to use task cards, they don’t need to be taught how to use them again. Sure, some of the directions will need to be re-explained, but they will have the gist of it. So, they are easy to throw in a Sub Tub. Or, if you are a homeschooler, leave them in a basket for days when you don’t feel very well or something unexpected happens. The kids still have meaningful practice, without you having to be right there with them!

You will get 7 different sets of math task cards, enough to get you through the rest of the year!

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Krista