Have you ever heard about task cards? Do you know what they are all about? Well let me tell you a little about this wonderful teaching tool. Task cards are actually that, little cards that contain some task or activity for students to complete. It can be used for both individual and group learning. Task cards are an invaluable tool for today's teacher because of its ability to target a wider range of skills and to promote student autonomy. It captures a more detailed picture of how much students have learnt because it requires them to use more of their knowledge to complete the task. The fact that its use allows a buzz of social activity through collaborative learning makes it a very invaluable asset!
Types of Task Cards
Task cards can be made to mirror your style of assessment in your classroom. Assuming that you do try to vary your question types, task cards can be created as simple activities, Multiple Choice items, Short Answer Responses or Open-Ended Responses. For a great breakdown of these types and some more details hop on over to the website of fellow blogger Rachel Lynette of Minds in Bloom at Totally Task Cards!
How to Create Your Own Task Cards!
There are many task cards that you can purchase from the internet (including my SayNoName Synonym Task Cards). However, it is also very rewarding to create your own. All you need are:
If you prefer, you can always create them using a word processor program. Just print, laminate and cut.
Task Card Examples
Take a look at these Task Card ideas that I have gathered from Pinterest! Click on the pictures to get to the source!
Math Task Cards