Wednesday, February 6, 2013

How I Use Task Cards...A Rambling of Ideas

If you are a follower of my TpT store (and, if you aren't, you should be, lol) you know that I have created a number of task card sets.  My task cards are lovingly titled "The Early Bird..."  The Early Bird is what I like to call those students who always get finished long before the rest of the class.

So, these task cards are available for those students to work on independently while the rest of the class finishes whatever has been assigned.  That was my purpose for designing and creating so many sets.

Over the past few months, however, my uses for these cards have evolved.  Really the uses are endless, but here are just a few ways I've used them with my kids.

As I already stated they are great for those students who finish early.  I've also used them as a center activity.  We've also used the cards to play 'Tweet-Tweet'.  For this activity, a card is placed on each student desk.  Students then rotate around the classroom with recording sheet in hand.  While at a desk, they answer the question on that task card and record it on their recording sheet.  When I say "Tweet-Tweet" they move to the next desk.

Just recently, I decided rather than moving around the room, I'd have them stay at their desk and I'd project the task card onto my screen using my Elmo.  Students record their answer.  After a short time (usually 40 seconds) I put a new card up.  This method, opens up some additional working with a partner or in a small group.

You could also us the cards in a 'quiz bowl' format...project a card on a screen and have two students compete against each other.  The first student to answer correctly scores a point for their team.

I have also sent sets of task cards home with a student for homework.  I think next year, I will create a formal parent note as well as a folder to hold the materials.  My hope is that it will make it more of a family activity as well as a 'treat' to get to take a set home.

Those are just a few ideas I've tried in my own classroom.  I'd love to hear more ideas from you!  Please share.  Also, if you are interested in checking out my Early Bird Task Card Sets be sure to visit either my TpT Store or my Teachers Notebook Shop!


  1. I love your ideas for task cards, especially for early finishers. I'll have to try that! I just found your blog and I'm now following you! I would love for you to visit my blog when you get a chance!
    Patti :)
    A Series of 3rd Grade Events

  2. On my way to check out your blog now! Thank you for your comment :)

    Mrs. B