Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tried it Tuesday - Task Cards

My new love this year is task cards. They're so versatile, and give students an opportunity to practice the skills they need.

In our classroom, we use task cards in so many different ways:

* to review before a unit test
* as a reward for completed work
* as a learning station
* as part of math rotations
* for extra practice at home or in class (Parents love when these come home - especially with answers provided! I usually shrink them down to save paper.)
* as part of various cooperative learning structures (Quiz-Quiz-Trade, Fan n Pick, Inside-Outside Circle, etc.)
* to play Scoot or variations of Scott
* for test prep
* to print out and have students use in math journals

The list goes on. You get the idea.

My first introduction to task cards this year was through awesome teacher blogs, and I purchased several sets on TpT. I found so many fabulous sellers! Some of my favorites are Teaching with a Mountain ViewMath MojoJennifer Findley, Kristin Kennedy, and Rachel Lynette. If you haven't visited any of them, you're in for a treat!

My kids love the variety, and I love that they're aligned to Common Core!

Once I became a seller on TpT, I decided to start making task card sets of my own. While I love each set I've purchased, I always find I need to tweak something here or there. I've posted two sets that meet all of my own class's needs:

- self-checking (answer on each card)
- Common Core aligned to a specific standard
- adaptable for a variety of uses
- various sizes, so I can send them home, and use them in quite a few different ways
- a wide variety of concepts within one standard (so I can give repeated, varied practice to students who need it)

I don't want this to be a commercial for my task card sets, so I'm not posting a link here. If you want to find them, you can visit my TpT store easily enough. :) Here are two pictures, just to give you a taste.


I have big plans for my summer - lots and lots of task cards sets to be made. I hope next year's kids love them as much as this year's kids (and I) do.

I can't wait to see what everyone else has tried this week! If you haven't done it yet, go link up!


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am your newest follower! I also looove to use task cards, they are a quick and easy assessment!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and following! I love connecting with other 4th grade teachers!


  2. Thanks so much for shout out. Task cards are new to me too this year and I can't image how I taught before.:)

    iTeach 1:1

    1. You're so welcome! My kids love your cards! :)

  3. Task cards are new to me this year too! I agree that they are very versatile! I need to use them more often!!

    Collaboration Cuties

    1. I have visions of task cards dancing in my heads. I think it's a problem. Ha.

  4. I just became a task card lover this year too! I am really taking the time to laminate each set and hope that they will last and make my work easier next year:) The students absolutely love scoot (they beg to play!) and I was in the Dark Ages on that too until recently! Thank you so much for linking up and congratulations on some awesome products:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. I'm laminating the good ones, too. My on-the-fly handwritten sets are going away, but the pretty ones can stay. I'm praying for time-saving next year!