Let’s start at the beginning, what are task cards?
Elementary teachers have embraced task cards, but it has been an easy transition because of centers and built in time to work with students, But task cards aren’t just for elementary classroom use. In fact, I think task cards (or digital task cards) are great for learners in the secondary classroom, homeschool, tutoring, or just studying on their own.
12 ways to use task cards with older students.
Secondary classroom use:
- Tape a card to each desk and have students rotate through the seats for a quick assessment.
- Don’t have enough lab equipment to go around? Task cards make great learning centers between or while waiting to use shared lab equipment. Put a small bundle together at a station with a binder clip or ring.
- Use STEM challenge cards or content task cards as a lab around the room where students move from station to station attempting different lab protocols.
- Exit tickets. Give each student a different card to answer OR put one card on the projector and have each student answer the one card. Collect as students exit.
- Review Games. Use these cards as a quick way to review at the beginning of the class. Like a lightning round. Use it in conjunction with technology like Kahoot ,simple whiteboards, or repurpose an old game board. In this review game, each topict has been printed on different color paper.
- A quick way to determine group captains – a lightning round to see who answers the most questions correctly (written or app).
- Game cards for a game board.
- 5-minute review at the beginning of each small group session. Quick review to help show where there might be a need for a little tune up of a topic (or two).
- Formative assessment for small group tutoring for either the tutor or student to see where they need extra help.
- Students quiz themselves using the cards like traditional flashcards.
- Create multiple choice or short answer questions from the cards.
- Create 3 piles of cards: know, need more information, don’t understand. This helps them know how to divide their time.
- Rewrite the cards into statements and create notes.