Teachers can find a growing collection of classroom resources online. We often use worksheet or online apps to underpin concepts we have taught and to check for student understanding prior, during and after learning. However, over the past few years, task cards are becoming a popular choice for teachers who are selecting resources to use with their students for a variety of subjects and skills. Educators who use task cards ensure that each student has the best opportunity possible to understand new skills, practice those skills and stay engaged in the classroom.
Here are 5 benefits of using task cards in the classroom:
1. They allow students to work in a variety of ways: independently, in pairs, in small collaborative groups or as a whole class depending on the topic and knowledge of the students regarding their skills and abilities.
2. They are an effective and engaging alternative to worksheets that can become boring at times.
3. Task cards can also be given for homework so that students can practice skills in various settings outside of the classroom.
4. Task cards can be printed out or used as a paperless version, where students can use a computer, iPad or personal whiteboards to view the tasks
5. It empowers students to make their own choices about which task they would like to complete.
If you’re searching for websites for teachers that have engaging task cards for primary school students, you must check out the Resources for Teaching website. They have a wide variety of task cards for different year levels and subjects. Here are a few of their bestselling task cards for primary school years.
1. Early Finisher Task Cards for Year 1 & 2 Students:
Includes 44 engaging activities for year 1 and 2 students who finish their work quickly. These tasks reinforce skills that have been taught or give children a chance to think about various topics they will be learning about in Year 1 & 2. Simply print and laminate these cards to be used repeatedly. Perfect for classroom and casual teachers as an extension, time-filler or as a method to help other children who are struggling to complete their work. (https://resourcesforteaching.com.au/all-resources/early-finishers-task-cards-1-2/)
2. Dictionary Dig Task Cards for Year 3 – 6 Students:
Includes 40 engaging tsk cards to develop dictionary skills in a fun and meaningful way! Children use task cards to search for different types of words in the english language (nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs etc.) and become familiar with tricky words that they can use to extend their vocabulary! Each task card contains instructions and a difficulty rating out of 5 stars. Students can use the additional worksheet included in this resource to write the words they find, page number, definition and record how many stars they collected. If you’re searching for English teaching resources, be sure to check out more of their products on their website. (https://resourcesforteaching.com.au/all-resources/dictionary-dig-task-cards/)
3. Fraction of the Day Task Cards for Year 3 – 6 Students:
Includes 60 ‘Fraction of the Day’ task cards perfect for students in years 3, 4, 5 and 6! Students can choose any fraction and use the task cards to solve mathematical problems and become familiar with fractions, percentages and decimals. Beautiful rainbow design to keep students engaged, this can be used all year as a warmup or activity during maths lessons. Simply print, laminate and cut to use as a lifelong tool! (https://resourcesforteaching.com.au/all-resources/fraction-of-the-day-task-cards/)
4. Perimeter Maths Task Cards:
Includes 40 engaging task cards great for year 4, 5 and 6 students learning about perimeter and measurement/geometry! Students must use their knowledge of different 2D shapes and their features to solve problems in various forms. Easy to download, print, laminate and cut then use as a life long tool. Or simply display these cards on your Smart Board for students to solve, great for fast finishers or as a warm-up activity! Don’t worry about marking! We have included the answers, so your students can check and mark their own work independently. This is a really useful resource for upper primary school teachers! Your students will love using these task cards to improve their mathematical skills. (https://resourcesforteaching.com.au/all-resources/perimeter-task-cards/)
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