Task card organization help is here! Do you love task cards, but find them spilling out of your cupboards, closets, bins, and drawers? Are you unsure of how to best organize and display them? Today, I’m going to share some helpful tips on getting those task card collections under control and in use. (You may even find some task card sets you had forgotten you even owned …. like me!) I also have a set of FREE Task Card Organization Labels (yes, they’re editable) linked up for you at the end of this post. So, let’s get started!
TASK CARD DISPLAY. There are many ways that you can use task cards in the classroom. Exit slips, Scoot Games (see this post HERE), and Test Prep (see that post HERE) are just a few! I like to get creative and display task cards for games, learning centers, or problem of the day in fun, unusual ways.
Here are a few ideas:
I love containers. In fact, I may have a container obsession. I do find them handy when it comes to creating attractive, creative task card centers and displays. Thematic, seasonal task card displays are made easy with fun, inexpensive containers with holiday colors. For example, I love the little distressed, white basket shown to the left here, along with all the fun, springtime colors! Look at that adorable watering can! Perfect to hold a set of task cards at a center!
If you were able to watch my FREE Teaching Ideas: There’s More Than One Way to Use a Poster video, you know that I love these mini photo albums for use in the classroom. They are ideal for holding task cards. Simply print the task cards and slide them into the photo sleeves. Print the cover of your task cards at a reduced size and slide it into the front. You have an instant task card review activity which students can either work on together or independently!
Bulletin boards have always been one of my favorite things. I guess for me, it was a nice chance to take a break from lesson planning and data, and get creative. Task cards make a great addition to bulletin boards, especially if you create the board to be a little interactive. For the board shown here, I simply stapled some twine across the board and used clothespins to hang task cards on a review topic. Students can either visit the cards with an answer sheet on a clipboard, or they can unpin a task card and take it back to their seat to solve. Not only is it a practical way to display and use task cards, but it’s also visually appealing!
If you like to have a problem of the day, why go on a crazy search to find timely problems to use? Task cards are your friend for problem of the day. You can use your document camera to project a card onto your screen, copy a problem onto your whiteboard, or simply display a tack card in a picture frame or easel. Set up a morning routine, where students know they must copy this problem in their notebooks and solve before they do anything else before classes start!
I found the cutest name card/place card holders at Hobby Lobby, and of course I immediately wondered how I could use those in the classroom. Look how cute those little owl are holding up the task cards. If you do a “Roam the Room” activity, this is an ideal way to display the cards around the room, especially if you are not allowed to use tape on your walls (crazy, I know).
The second photo you see here shows task cards clothespinned to a springtime piece of decor that also came from Hobby Lobby. Like the bulletin board from above, students can either visit this at a center or they can unpin a card and take it back to their seat.
TASK CARD ORGANIZATION. Let’s talk about keeping these babies organized and under control. I knew I had an issue when I tried to find a particular set of cards in my cupboard one day. I had been keeping the sets separated to some degree with rubber bands. Some of the bands had broken, some sets had just been thrown in the cupboard, and cards were scattered everywhere on the shelf. So, I began to get organized.
This was the first method I found that worked for me. I did try a few others, such as keeping card sets in bins, but they just didn’t seem to do the trick. I found these index card files at the local dollar store. Each one is perfect for holding a set of task cards, and you can easily keep it closed and secure with a durable elastic band that is already attached. I created a label to identify each topic, and taped it to the front of the container. (The link to the FREE labels is found at the end of this post.)
THEN……I hit the JACKPOT of all things that are good and beautiful in task card organization! Since task cards are usually about the same size as photos, what better way to store them than in photo storage boxes?
I’m so in LOVE with these boxes. They are durable, transparent (so you can easily see the card sets inside), and easy to store in your classroom. This box holds 16 smaller photo boxes. Inside each of those boxes, I placed a set of task cards (you actually could fit 2-3 sets in each small box if you need to) and taped the topic label to the inside of the lid, with the words facing out. Now, I can easily find my cards and nothing is a jumbled mess in my cupboard anymore (well…unless you’re looking at the glue sticks and glitter…I’ll save that for another day).
Now that you have a few task card organization tips, you can get started with these FREE Task Card Organization Labels! The download includes labels with topics already written on them AND a set of blank labels to which you can add your own topics. I’ve included labels for both Math AND Reading, as shown here. In addition, please feel free to watch the FREE VIDEO where I demonstrate all the tips I’ve shared with you in this post. All I ask in return is a little love in the form of feedback once you’ve downloaded your free labels. That feedback keeps me going! Click HERE for your Free Task Card Organization Labels.
Looking for some task cards to use in your classroom? Here are just a few of the many sets of task cards I have in my Teachers Pay Teachers store (click on each image to see the resource in my store):
Thank you for reading and following. Happy Teaching, and Enjoy the Journey!