Task cards are a great way to change-up your instruction. They can increase student engagement and allow short, focused practice.
Ways to Use Task Cards
- Scoot-This can be played two ways. Either the card can scoot, or the student can scoot. You need one task card for each student. Set a timer and periodically say, “scoot!” At that time, either students will move seats to the next card or the card can be passed to the next student. I like this because it gives students exposure to many problems and prevents students from getting stuck on one problem for an extended period of time.
- Early finishers-I love using task cards for extensions and early finishers. There’s SO MUCH you can do with this. In fact, I’ve written an entire blog post on it, which you can check out here.
- Scavenger hunt-You can hide cards around the room, and have students look around the room for the cards with clipboards and answer sheets
- Jenga®-Students take turns drawing blocks. Another student in the group finds the correct card (by the number) and reads it to the first student to answer.
- Board games-Student must answer the task card correctly before taking a turn. A wrong answer equals no turn.
- Centers or Station Activities-My math centers almost always consist of a few task card activities. These task cards can focus on specific standards or can review a combination of skills.