46 Terrific Ways to Use Task Cards with Your Students

Task cards are versatile and powerful tools that can transform your classroom activities! Whether you’re looking for ways to engage fast finishers or provide focused support to struggling students, task cards can be the solution you need.

Here are innovative ways to incorporate cards into your teaching strategy:

At a Literacy Center

Create a dedicated space where students can rotate through literacy-focused task cards, enhancing their reading and writing skills.

Task Cards For Fast Finishers

Keep those speedy students engaged with additional, challenge cards once they complete their main assignments.

One-on-One with a Struggling Student

Use task cards to provide targeted support and practice for students who need extra help.

With Partners

Encourage collaboration and discussion by having students work through their cards together.

Whole Class Games That Use Task Cards

  • Scoot: Get students moving with the popular SCOOT game, using task cards at each station.
  • Quiz, Quiz, Trade: Engage students in the Quiz, Quiz, Trade activity, promoting peer teaching and learning.
  • PowerPoint Quiz Game: Incorporate task cards into an interactive PowerPoint quiz to make learning fun and engaging.

As Homework

Assign digital cards as homework to reinforce concepts learned in class. All ours come with Google Slides version!

With Your Document Camera

Project task cards using a document camera to facilitate whole-class instruction.

As a Scavenger Hunt

Turn learning into a game by hiding the cards around the classroom for a scavenger hunt. Kids look around the room for the cards with clipboards and answer sheets.

For Review

Use task cards for quick and effective review sessions before tests or quizzes.

Task Cards As Assessment

Evaluate student understanding and progress with specific cards designed as formative assessments. Just use a few cards to see if a student understands the concept.

With Interactive Journals

Integrate task cards into students’ interactive journals for ongoing practice and reflection.

In Small Groups

Facilitate small group activities with cards that promote discussion and collaborative problem-solving. Great for challenging cards that need discussion.

For a Sub to Use

Prepare a set of task cards for substitute teachers to use, ensuring continuity in learning.

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On the Wall

Create a work wall where students can access and complete cards throughout the week. Post a set (or part of a set) in a long row across a wall on Monday. A clothesline and clothespins would work well for this.

To Target Specific Common Core Standards with Task Cards

Use cards aligned with Common Core standards to focus on specific skills and objectives.

With Board Games

Integrate task cards into board games to make learning more interactive and enjoyable. Examples include Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Connect Four®, etc.

At Rotation Stations

Set up task card stations for students to rotate through, ensuring a variety of learning experiences.

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With Individual White Boards

Have students use individual whiteboards to answer questions on task cards, making learning hands-on. Students answer on individual whiteboards – great for short answer or multiple choice.

For Test Prep

Utilize cards as an effective way to review and prepare for upcoming tests.

Task Cards As Morning Work

Display a card on a document camera for everyone to complete first thing in the morning.

With Jenga®

Number the Jenga® blocks. Students take turns drawing blocks; another student in the group finds the correct card (by the number) and reads it to the first student to answer. Cards on a ring work well for this.

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Hedbanz Spin-off

Give each kid a card attached to a headband (could make from construction paper). Students have answer sheets and wander around the room reading each other’s cards and answering.

As Random Activities

Print on paper and roll up into scrolls or fold and put into plastic eggs, prize containers, etc. Students draw randomly. Good for longer, open-ended cards.

With Sticky Hands

Kids love this! Use sticky hands to make selecting work more engaging.

With Dry-Erase Pens

Allow students to use dry-erase pens to answer directly on laminated cards, check answers, then erase.

Electronic Options for Task Cards

  • Boom Cards: Use the Boom Learning app to bring learning to tablets, smartphones, and computers. Kids love the game-like feel and instant feedback. Learn more directly on the Boom Learning site.
  • Digital Gameboards: Use free digital gameboards available online.
  • Computer or iPad: Allow students to answer questions on a computer or iPad.

Store Task Cards In a Binder

If you don’t have time to cut and laminate, put whole pages of uncut cards in plastic page protectors. Students can just flip through the pages to answer several cards at a time.

For Parent Volunteers

Use cards with parent volunteers quizzing one student who needs extra help or working with a small group.

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For Self-Checking

Use a hole-punch to poke holes through the cards where the letters for each answer are. On the back, use a bright-colored Sharpie to outline the hole of the correct answer. Students read the card and answer by poking a golf-tee through the hole. Then, they flip the card over to see if they are correct.

Task Cards As Journal or Discussion Prompts

Open-ended cards make great journal or discussion prompts.

Organizing Task Cards

  • Card Stock and Lamination: Print on card stock, ideally in color, but grayscale will work, too. Laminate them for durability.
  • In Baggies: Put cards in baggies for students to take to their desks.
  • On Rings: Punch a hole in one corner and put them on a ring for easy storage.
  • Mini-Photo Albums: A great alternative to laminating.

Recording Answers

  • Answer Sheets: Provide answer sheets for students to record their answers.
  • Task Card Journal: Use a journal specifically for task card responses.
  • Paperless Options: Record answers electronically or use individual whiteboards for self-checking.

Tracking Progress When Using Task Cards

The way students record their answers will depend on the kind of cards you are using. For cards that require a short answer, an answer sheet may fit the bill perfectly. Students can record their answers and then turn in the answer sheet for your to check, or check their own answers with a provided answer key.

Some task cards require longer, open-ended answers. You may want students to answer on notebook paper or in a journal specifically for task card responses. It may take several days for a student to complete one set, or you could have students pick a specific number of cards to do. It can be helpful to provide a recording sheet for students to keep track of which cards they have completed.

If you want to go completely paperless, students can work at a computer and record their answers electronically. Another paperless option for short answer cards is to have students write their answers on individual white boards and then use an answer key to self-check.

Reinforcement

Task cards are great for students who need a little extra practice in a given area. Students can complete as many or as few cards as needed to master the skill. Consider sending sets of cards home as homework.

Task Cards as Enrichment

Task cards are perfect for fast finishers, as long as the cards are challenging. The questions should either explore a subject more deeply or extend it into related areas.

Task cards offer endless possibilities for enhancing classroom instruction and keeping students engaged. From interactive games to targeted assessments, these small but mighty tools can make a big impact on student learning. Here’s our catalog to choose from!

Don’t forget to download your FREE Task Card Handbook and get free digital gameboards for more ideas and strategies!


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Here are what a few other teachers have said about this book:

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Mary Montero of Teaching with a Mountain View

“This is absolutely the most thorough explanation of task cards that I’ve ever seen. Anyone who has ever used task cards will find new ways to use them in this handbook. Teachers who have never used task cards will be able to do so with confidence after reading this handbook. And people who are trying to develop their own task cards will get clear practical advice on what to do and what to avoid. This is an absolutely essential product regardless of your level of experience with task cards.”

Jill aka Utah Roots

“I’ve been using task cards for years, but this gave me several more ideas on how to use them, and some great ideas for organizing them! Thanks!”

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I would love to hear how YOU use task cards with your students. Please share your thoughts and ideas!

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