When more than a few students finish, I start pairing kids up with other kids who are done. They then get to have a "math talk." What that means is that they go over their answer together and on any where they disagree, they go back and find that task card and solve the problem together. They do this until they agree on all of their answers. Occasionally, I will need to step in and help them with a problem that they can't come to an agreement on, but it is pretty rare. I also created an answer key so I can quickly check students work as they finish their math talk.
|The papers of 2 of my students involved in a math talk|
I love task card days because kids get such great independent practice and they think they are doing something really fun! All the kids were very engaged, even though today is our last day before spring break!
Here are a few other ways I use task cards
- Track math: When the weather is nice, I love to head outside with kids and use our one eight mile gravel track for math. Check out this post for more information.
- Warm-ups or transitions. Put one of these task cards under your document camera and students can solve it as they are getting settled down for math class
- Formative assessment: Give one, two or more of these task cards to students to see how well they understood the concepts in your lesson. This is a quick way to check in with kids and one of my favorite formative assessment strategies.
- Print and give for homework. You can print one page at a time and give for homework as you move through your unit or send the whole pack at once with a longer due date.
- Review/games/test prep: These are a fun way to review for local and state assessments
|Blank task cards for early finishers. Having some of these on hands gives your early finishers something to do and kids LOVE creating things for their classmates!|
These task cards are available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Click here to go check them out!