Don’t you love it when a good idea snowballs? I feel like I had a ‘ah ha’ moment this weekend about my task card sets and then had another great idea about the task card sets when talking to the science teacher on my team.
I’ve been using task cards or card sorts a lot lately in my classes. Right now they are working, so I’m using what works! Well, somethings don’t work with it you have to keep the cards together right? I tried rubber bands and paper clips. Neither work for me. Either they get lost, bent, slung across the room, or popped; none of which is good! SOOO….this is what I came up with this weekend:
I put the cards in a photo album. I picked up several for a $1 at the dollar tree. AWESOME! 🙂 I can’t completely say the idea was mine, I saw a teacher do something similar with 1st day of school information on each card and let the students work in groups to find answers for a scavenger hunt. This kept the teacher from losing her voice on the 1st day of school. She included her rules, syllabus information, procedures, school rules, etc… It was a while ago that I saw the idea, but it really must have stuck with me because as soon as I saw the photo books I was inspired!
I put one at each group and let the students share. For this activity, I had the students work on their own since we have been doing a lot of group stuff lately. I didn’t do this for this activity, but in the future I may hide the answer key and only tell them about the hidden answer key behind another card once they finish. I’ll do this for assignments that are practice.
Another idea (for the future!) is to create a couple of riddle or puzzle books or students who finish early.