Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bright Ideas: Turn Any Task Cards into a Journal Activity

I'm back with for another round of BRIGHT ideas! This link up is all about good 'ol fashion tips and tricks that you can use in your classroom. 


This month, I'm bringing you video tutorial on how to turn any set of task cards or printable that you have into a journal activity. 

Turn Any Task Card into a Journal Activity by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade


This has become a total life savor for me and I don't know why I didn't think of it before. I use task cards for EVERYTHING ya'll! Seriously, they are my favorite teaching tool. We all have them. Why not utilize them more? 

Watch the video below to find out how I make my printables into journal activities. Now, I'll go ahead and warn you...I stutter in this video and I get a little tongue tied at the end. Just bare with me! lol



I hope that you got something out of that video that you an use in your classroom. Here is a closer look at some of the task cards that I've turned into journal activities. 
This is the photo you see in the video. There are 4 regular sized pages shrunk down to fit onto one page. These came from my Warm and Cozy Math Stations.
Turn Any Task Card into a Journal Activity by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
You'll see here that this student only did 6 problems. Can you tell how much space was left? (Sorry, I cropped out the rest of the white space). There was tons of room to continue. This student actually filled the page later on during free time. 
Turn Any Task Card into a Journal Activity by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
Here we took some number cards from a center in my Gobble! Gobble! Math Stations and compared numbers. Quick, easy, fun! That is what I'm all about. 
Turn Any Task Card into a Journal Activity by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
When we were teaching main idea, I was using this awesome resource from Hippo Hooray for 2nd Grade. Angela includes several pages of practice text. I selected 2 pages to print and printed them 2 to a page. They glued them into their journal and we used them to practice finding details. Now, when they are working independently, they can look at the examples that we've already done together. 
Turn Any Task Card into a Journal Activity by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
Here is an example that we did when sorting common and proper nouns. I told a little fib in the video. This activity isn't from Amy Lemons. We did use one of her noun centers for this type of activity, it just wasn't the one I snapped a photo of. I'm sorry for that. You can this activity here. It is a freebie! :)
Turn Any Task Card into a Journal Activity by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
Next we, we will be learning about synonyms. I printed off some task cards I have on that skill (4 to a page). We'll cut the boxes out, mine them up, match the synonyms, then glue them into our journals for practice when the skill is introduced. 
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