March 2012 - Minds in Bloom
Task cards or flashcards can also be used with games with great success. These three free game boards incorporate task cards to have students learning and having fun while they do so! Click through to learn about each game board and to download them FREE!

3 Free Game Boards!

Lately, several teachers have asked for ideas for different ways to use task cards. I am working on a project to address that question more fully, but in the meantime I created these three game boards that you can use for reinforcing skills in almost any subject. Each game includes student instructions, along with the game board. Just glue them into file folders, add task

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Spring Writing Prompts

20 Spring Writing Prompts

A prompt picker is included with the free Spring Writing Prompts Download! Need some Spring writing prompts? We gotcha covered! Spring has sprung, and I know you want to keep your students thinking and writing while they’re feeling extra refreshed! Here are some fun Spring writing prompts that will do just that. Perfect for journals, writing centers, bell work, or discussion! Try some of these

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Ten Ideas for Teaching Fact and Opinion

Fact and opinion can be tricky. Fortunately, there are many great ways to teach this concept. Here is a list of nine of them (Editor’s Note: This list originally had 10 ideas, but one idea linked to a website that has since expired, making that suggestion useless). Read or display fact and opinion statements one at a time. Students hold up index cards with either “Fact”

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These free measurement task cards will help your student practice a variety of essential mathematics skills, as well as practice the skill of measurement. Plus, since they're task cards, you can use them in centers, as a review game, as partner work, and more!

FREE Measurement Task Cards!

I started off making a set of free task cards for upper elementary, but then I decided that the younger set should have some, too, so now there is something for almost everyone! Not only that, but both of these sets are also correlated with Common Core Standards. Measurement Task Cards for Grades 2-3 To complete these cards, your students will be measuring things around

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St. Patrick's Day Writing Prompts

20 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Writing Prompts

Need some St. Patrick’s Day writing prompts? We gotcha covered! St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here, and I know you want to keep your students thinking and writing while they’re feeling extra lucky! Here are some fun March writing prompts that will do just that. Perfect for journals, writing centers, bell work, or discussion! Try some of these with your students! You may also want

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Task cards are an amazing instructional tool, and they're extremely versatile. I love hearing how teachers use task cards in their classrooms, so I'm sharing two fun ways recently shared with me. Check them our to get inspiration for using task cards in your classroom!

Two Fun Ways to Use Task Cards

There are so many ways to use task cards: I have heard from teachers who use them in partners, with the whole class, and, of course, at centers. Here are pictures from two teachers who have graciously shared how they use task cards with their students.   NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases.     Randy Seldomridge teaches in Granite Falls, NC.

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Tips for Partner Work

Ideally, partner work consists of two students enthusiastically working together on an activity, sharing ideas and treating each other with respect. Not only are these two students accomplishing the task before them, but they are also learning more about how to work cooperatively with others. However, partner work is not always ideal. Partners do not always get along, and sometimes one partner does the lion’s

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