TASK CARDS, CREATING A FUN LEARNING TOOL FOR YOUR CLASSROOM!

Task cards are now available for every teaching concept, lesson and standard!  Whereas, many teachers still limit their use of task cards to centers in their classroom for additional practice; others are finding a multitude of ways to utilize these amazing cards in their daily routines.  Here are just a few ways to make task cards useful and fun in your classroom:

1. CLASS TEST REVIEW COMPETITION:  While preparing for an important exam last week in algebra, I used my set of "5th Grade Algebra Task Cards". 
I divided the class into teams of four students and  then I placed one card under the document camera at a time.  Each team was called on "one by one" to find the answer to a different task card. They had twenty seconds to find the answer and I had to accept the first answer that I heard from the group. We decided the winners that day would be the first team to get ten points.  The collaboration was amazing and by the time the game was finished, we were extremely prepared tor the exam the next day.

2. INDOOR CLASS TASK CARD BASEBALL:  We set up our indoor classroom as a miniature baseball field.  We determined home plate, first, second and third bases.  I divided the class into two teams.  When Team One was up to bat, the pitcher for the opposing team read a task card.  They had one shot to get the answer right, if they didn't; it was STRIKE ONE! If the batter did get the answer right, they moved on to first base.  If the second player on their team got on base, the player on first base was promoted to second base.  A team scored when a player from their team successfully reached home plate.  When a team received three strikes, the other team was up to bat.  
IMPORTANT:  It is important for everyone to hear all of the task cards as the "pitcher" reads them, so I have the rule that if any team member talks when they are not at bat;  their team automatically receives a strike.

3. TASK CARD SPEED DATING: At the beginning of the "Task Card Speed Dating" session, each student is given a task card to teach the others who visit their table or whose table they visit.  Each of the students have the job of introducing the standard their task card teaches, how they determined the answer to their task card and one thing they learned from the task card.  After three minutes, I say "SWITCH" and the moving students move on to the next student.   EVALUATION:  At the end, the students review the other "Speed Daters" performance based on their knowledge and positive attitudes with a class discussion.


4. TASK CARD JAR:  Instead of sponge activities, have a "Task Card Jar" in your classroom.  If you buy task cards online, make a copy that you can fold up and then place each task card individually in the "Task Card Jar".  Mix task cards together so that the students have no idea what topic they will draw.

5. "TASK CARD INFERENCE":  Have students use their expert inference skills with task cards.  Divide your class into pairs.  Each pair will be given a task card to analyze.  After 4-5 minutes, each pair will present their task card to the class.  They must share the card, the answer and one inference they concluded from the problem on the task card even though it wasn't directly stated on the task card itself.

6. TASK CARD OBSTACLE COURSE:  Divide your students into teams of four.  Place 6-10 task cards strategically around the room to set your course.  Provide an answer sheet for each team and determine a team leader.  Start the clock, say "GO!  The first team will go from "Task Card #1, #2 and so on until they finish the last task card on the course.  They cannot start a new task on the course until all of their team members are there or they will lose points.  When the entire team has completed the course, I record their time and check their answer sheet. 
TO ADD ADDITIONAL FUN:  By certain stations on the course, I set up additional physical indoor challenges such as desks they need to crawl under, knots they need to untie, Nerf balls they need to get in a trash can and so on.   I use members from other teams to monitor the indoor "physical" challenges on the course!

HERE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE TASK CARDS I HAVE AVAILABLE IN MY STORE, CHECK OUT MY STORE FOR OTHER CHALLENGING TASK CARDS IN EVERY SUBJECT: