Last school year I began using Task Cards in my classroom. I was a little leery at first. Would my student like them? Will they stay focused? Will the complete the tasks? The answers to all that was YES YES YES!! I fell in love with these activities.
Task cards are a great way for students to work independently by being promoted with a series of activities to complete or questions to answer.
It gets the kids moving and keeps them engaged.
There are so many ways you can use task cards. They can be laid out on each desk for a game of scoot. Scoot is where students move from desk to desk and answer the card. My class last year LOVED playing scoot! They would ask weekly to play 🙂
You can also use them for math centers, small group instruction or even assessments!
Since I discovered TPT I found that many others loved task cards as much as I did but, could never find some that met the needs of my students. I teach in a very unique situation. I have a class of Kinders but, academically they are way ahead of Kindergarten. Most of my students come in already reading and knowing their basic math skill. So, I teach them at a 1st grade level.
So all summer long I have been working on creating Math task cards for this upcoming year. Since I don't know exactly where my students will be I differentiate A LOT of my lessons. Here are some of the Task Cards I have made
This was the first set I made last year and is my best seller!
This is my next best seller. Perfect for those younger kids just learning number sense.
This set has 8 of my task card bundles at a 30% discount! Plus the best thing is when I make new sets of Math task cards(which I already have a list going)
they will be added to this bundle and if you own it you can re-download it and get the new sets for FREE!!
So are you going to use task cards this year in your class? Do you have questions about how to get started with these? Leave me some ideas and comments about your thoughts.
Molly Rae says
How do your math centers look when using task cards? I have only heard of them being used for "scoot" vaguely. I'm just intrigued and would love more details on the use of them.
Carrie Ogulnick says
Thanks for asking! As the beginning of the school year I spend quite a few weeks with students setting up my centers, how they will run and my expectations. Once that is established I pick which centers my students will complete that week. After modeling how each centers is to be completed, I will lay out certain cards for certain students. Every center I have has a response sheet so I can check and see how the students are progressing. Depending on how quickly they can master a task guides my instruction. Hope that helps explain it better. Once school gets going again I will be taking LOTS of pictures of my students in action.