Using task cards in the classroom doesn't have to be boring or uneventful. This guest blogger shares 10 exciting, interactive ways task cards can be used to get your students showing mastery while having fun!

Using Task Cards in the Classroom

Hi!  I’m Lyndsey from Lit with Lyns, and I’m thrilled to be doing a guest post on Minds in Bloom.  Over the past couple of years, I have become somewhat (ok, extremely) obsessed with using task cards in my classroom.  It started when I purchased Julie Faulkner’s Cite Textual Evidence Teaching Pack that included task cards.  Once I saw how engaged my students were, I

In case you need them, this post details 10 reasons why you need to teach Wonder by R.J. Palacio to your students. Not only will you fall in love with this novel, but your students will also become enthralled with it. It's an instructionally rich novel and provides opportunities for teaching not only literary devices but also themes like friendship and kindness. Read all 10 reasons here!

Ten Reasons to Teach Wonder by RJ Palacio to Your Students

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is an amazing book on so many levels. If you have not read it, do it now. Like right now. Go to Amazon, download it to your reader, sit in the sun, or in the bathtub, or in front of a cozy fire, or wherever you like to read, and enjoy one of the best pieces of kid-lit, ever. NOTE: As Amazon Associates,

End of the Year School questions

End of the Year Task Cards – FREE!

End of the Year Student Reflection School’s almost out! Grab these Free End of the Year Task Cards to keep your kids thinking right to the end. These cards are a great way to reflect on the year. Each one features a different prompt for discussion or writing! There are 20 prompt cards, plus four bonus cards that go a little deeper and require students

How Can I Use Task Cards with My Class Flow Chart

Ever wonder how you can use task cards with your students? This flow chart will help you target the activity that is just right for you! Start in the upper left. If you want more information or more ideas, you can find them in this Free Task Card Handbook. Click Here to see it large enough to read

Paraphrasing & Summarizing Freebie

Paraphrasing and Summarizing – FREE Posters and Reminder Cards!

Paraphrasing and summarizing are both super challenging skills to master, and what makes them even more confusing is that students often get these two skills mixed up! That is why I created the PARA and SUM acronyms:PARAphrase It! Put the text in your own words. Avoid copying the text. Rearrange similar text. Ask yourself if you included all the important points. SUMmarize It! Shorter than the

Games to play with students outside

Games for Bringing the Learning Outside

  It’s hard to stay indoors during these last few days of spring before summer break, but you still have things to teach, and giving your students another recess is not going to fly with your administration. So why not take the learning outdoors? Here are some ideas for meaningful learning while getting your kids moving in the sunshine. For all of these, you will

How do I teach paraphrasing to my students?

Teaching Kids to Paraphrase, Step by Step

Paraphrasing is such a hard skill to master – and so very important! Paraphrasing is essential for many kinds of writing. Kids who don’t learn to paraphrase well will not only grow into poor writers but may also even resort to plagiarism, which is not at all a good thing. Here is a step by step plan for teaching paraphrasing to your students. Start by

Have you considered using task cards in interactive notebooks? Anna of Simply Skilled in Second wrote a blog post all about using one of Rachel Lynette's task card sets in interactive notebooks!

Using Task Cards in Interactive Notebooks

I just wanted to direct your attention to this awesome post from my blogging buddy, Anna DiGillio at Simply Skilled in Second Grade.  She created a simple and clever way to use task cards in interactive notebooks! Not only that, but you can also download a free template from her post! Picture Credit: Anna DiGillio Please head over and take a peek. I am sure

Our guest blogger, who is a tutor, shares her insight on how to expand the use of your file folder games. She gives a list of ways to adapt several games to stretch them further and make the most of them for learning benefits!

Expand the Use of Your File Folder Games!

We all know how motivating games can be in the classroom.  In this post Adrianne Meldrum of The Tutor House shares some great ideas for using file folders, as well as a Halloween freebie!  Thank you to Rachel for inviting me to write here on Minds in Bloom.  Ever since I stumbled upon Rachel two years ago, I’ve been ever amazed at the high quality posts here

Teachers aren't the only ones who can create task cards! Empower your students to take charge of their learning by encouraging them to make task cards. Kid-created task cards are unique, powerful, and fun!

Kid-Created Task Cards!

Your students already love task cards, so why not have them create some of their own (if you don’t know what a task card is, click here)? This would be a great project to do in conjunction with a book your class is reading or for a science or social studies unit. There are many ways you could go about this. Here are some things

Kids need stimulation while they're learning; they can't be expected to just sit and absorb the information that's being thrown at them. That's why our guest blogger shares her three favorite ways to get them moving - with the help of task cards! She shares three activities she likes to use that get students out of their seats and moving while they work through sets of task cards. Read all the details inside!

Get Them Moving with Task Cards!

Please give a warm welcome to Heidi of Counting on Words!  She shares how she takes task cards and combines them with movement.  I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did!   The students in the urban school district where I teach spend much of their time away from school playing video games and watching television.  You might think their lack of

Have you downloaded your FREE copy of my Task Card Handbook yet? This handbook is jam-packed with information about using task cards, including information on making them. It's the perfect resource for both newcomers and old hats, when it comes to task cards. Enjoy!

Get Your Task Card Handbook for FREE!

I decided to write this free ebook because teachers often ask me for ideas about how to use and store task cards – or even why they should use them at all. There are bunches of answers to all these questions, so I thought it would be a good idea to put them all in one place. If you are new to task cards, this ebook will

Test prep doesn't have to be - and shouldn't be - all about test prep booklets. This guest post on Minds in Bloom shares a few fun alternatives to drill and kill test prep practices, including the use of whiteboards, task cards, and games. Get all of the suggestions and how to implement them in this post!

Test Prep with Pep: Fun Alternatives to Drill and Kill

This guest post from Samantha Harrell of Riveted Little Readers is a MUST READ for any teacher giving standardized tests.   “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”…said no teacher EVER! State mandated testing…those words can be fighting words, I tell ya! No matter; state mandated testing is a necessary evil that we face every spring. How do we make it through this time

Add this BOOM! game to your task card routine, and your students will love it! It's a fun way to mix up centers, review, and general instruction.

BOOM! A Free Game to Use with Task Cards!

It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s a great way to review. Just mix the BOOM! Cards in with another set of task cards and put them into a BOOM! bin. Players take turns drawing cards and answering them. They get to keep the cards they answer correctly. But if a player draws a BOOM! card, he must discard all of the cards he has collected.

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