When the school year began in August, I was constantly looking for ways for my students to gain mastery of the Common Core Standards and be able to apply their learned knowledge to other content areas throughout the year. The catch...it had to be engaging and hands-on or my students simply would lose interest quickly.
I began experimenting with task cards. I know they have been around for quite some time now, but I just had not jumped on the "Task Card Bandwagon" yet. When I introduced them to my students, they absolutely loved them. I mean loved them!
Because I teach language arts and social studies, I have spent a lot of time creating task cards for the various topics and standards we cover in my classes. Every time we begin a new unit, my students immediately ask me when they get to do task cards. The students enjoy the task cards because they play an active role in their learning and demonstrating what they know. It is so wonderful to watch!
If you have not tried using task cards in your classroom, my advice would be to definitely give it a try. I started small and worked up to what we are doing in class now, but it one of the best methods I have found that allows the students opportunities to be engaged, learning, and having fun.
Below are two pictures of my most recent set of task cards. They are task cards for idioms, and they are perfect to use during the month of March because the theme ties in with St. Patrick's Day. Click HERE to download your FREE set of these task cards.
I hope that everyone has a fantastic weekend!