A deep love for task cards runs rampant in classrooms across the nation, but why are they so beneficial? If you’re new to the task card concept, it is helpful to understand why these little gems have become so popular in recent years.
The true beauty of task cards lies in their versatility and focus away from traditional worksheets or boring reviews. Designed with two or four questions per page, each question is set apart on an individual task card (though each task card may require a two or three part answer). Most task card products come with an answer sheet as well as an answer key. I also include anchor charts (informational pages) for use as instructional aids or reference sheets in ALL of my task card products.
Task cards are also great for students who feel overwhelmed by busy, multi-question worksheets. If you have students that require accommodations or modifications in their work, task cards are a perfect answer. The idea that they are only responsible for one question at a time is motivating and manageable for students, and because it feels more like a game than work, their desire to complete the cards also increases.
Task cards can be chosen for their content as well as their format. Typically, task cards are created with multiple choice questions, short response questions, and open ended questions. Task card products are very popular on Teachers Pay Teachers, but they are also very easy to create without even touching a computer. Grab some index cards, and a marker or pen, and jot down a task on each card.
The easiest way to keep them organized is punching a hole in the corner and connecting them with a ring. They can easily be separated and reconnected at the end of the activity. Best of all, you can reuse them over and over again. Stay tuned next week for a post titled TOP TEN USES FOR TASK CARDS. This post will outline the most beneficial and efficient ways to utilize task cards in the classroom.
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