Multi-Tasking Task Cards

Get more from your task cards.  Learn how to use one set of task cards for math, reading, language, writing and other fun activities.

“Multi-Tasking” Task Cards
Most sets of task cards are created for one task.  Reading task cards have students reading a paragraph or two to find the theme, main idea or make an inference, etc.  Math task cards ask students to solve problems, choose a measurement or manipulate a number, etc.   But it’s time to make your task cards work harder! Here are a few ways to get more use from your task cards.

Student Line Up:  Make your students think a little before they line up to head home, or walk to lunch. Take a set of your task cards and give one to each student.  Ask them to find the answer and write it on their white board or small slip of paper.  You have the answers, so say one answer at a time.  The student with the answer holds up his/her card and shows you their work.  If they’re correct they get to line up.  If no one has the answer tell them to check again because you know someone has that card.  This is easy to differentiate for students because you are in charge of handing out the cards.  You can make sure everyone gets a card they can read or solve.

Write it Wrong!:  Use a set of task cards with a short paragraph.  Ask students to rewrite the paragraph, leaving out the capitals and punctuation marks.  Then students can trade papers and correct the paragraph they receive.  Once paragraphs are corrected they can be returned to the original person to check.  Since this involves quite a bit of writing you might want to do this over two days.  If you choose to do this on different days make sure students write the task card number on their paper, along with their name.

Mix it up:  Once again use a set of cards with a short paragraph.  This time have the students write the sentences from the paragraph in a different order.  After they trade papers, see how another student would order the sentences to put them back into a paragraph.

Grouping:  Need your kids divided into 4 groups?  Use a set of task cards that have multiple choice questions, like 1, 2, 3, 4 or A, B, C,F, D to do the dividing.  Make sure you know how many As, Bs, Cs and Ds cards you hand out because that will be how students put themselves into groups.  After students answer the question on their card, all the As meet in one spot, the Bs meet in another, etc.  Now you have your class divided into 4 groups for your next activity.

Number Sense:  This would work well with any task cards that have a number as the answer. After students find the answer to their card ask them all to line up from least to greatest, or greatest to least.  Ask students with a number between 50 and 75 to stand up.  Have students multiply their number by 5.  Or they can find a partner and then find the sum and the difference of the answers. Lots of possibilities that can match to your current math lessons.  Call two students to the front of the class to compare the numbers.  Example:  75 is greater than 43.  

Write On:  This activity will work with any task cards that has sentences or paragraphs.  It would even work with cards that have math word problems.  Give each student one task card.  Tell them this is the springboard for their next writing assignment.  They can use one sentence from the card to begin their story.  Or, they can write the paragraph from the card and then continue the story from there.  Perhaps they’ll pull the characters and setting and use them for their story.  What ever they choose from the card, their own stories should be very interesting

My new set of task cards has the multiple tasks built right in.  The Order Up Sentence Task Cards have sets of 4 cards.  Each card in the set has a sentence with grammar, spelling, punctuation and/or capitalization errors.  Not only do the students have to correct the mistakes they have to arrange the sentence in order and then write them in paragraph form.  Finally they add their own sentences to complete the little story. Click on this picture to see the task cards in my TPT store.

 Sentence Task Cards Sample--Crockett's Classroom

You can download a free sample and give them a try with your class. Click on the picture below for your sample.

Order Up task cards. Students sequence the cards, edit, and then write them into a paragraph.

How have you gotten multiple uses out of one set of task cards?

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