Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bright Ideas: Worksheet"less" Task Cards: Saving You Time, Ink and Paper!

I'm back with for another round of BRIGHT ideas! This link up is all about 
good 'ol fashion tips and tricks to help get you through the day. 

This month is all about task cards again. You can read my previous BI post about to turn task cards into journal pages here. I'm here to let you know about worksheet"less" task cards: saving you some prep time, and that precious ink and paper that all of us teachers use way to much of! 

If you've followed my blog for awhile, then you know that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE task cards! I use them for everything. We use them in small groups, centers and whole group instruction. We use them to play scoot and iSpy. Now we use them for worksheet"less" fun! This year I've been all about saving paper and low prep time for me. 

Each student will need a white board or in my case plastic sleeve protectors with a blank piece of paper inside them. You could even have your students write on their desks with a dry erase marker (it comes right off with a Clorox wipe!)

A few weeks ago we were reviewing adjectives. I pulled up a set of task cards on my computer and displayed them on my whiteboard. These are from my Arrgh You Ready For Adjectives Pack. (Excuse the dark photo, the lights were off when I snapped this photo.) 

Instead of running off copies of the answer sheet, we used our plastic sleeves to answer the questions.  They divided their sleeve into four parts and labeled each box with the letters displayed on the task cards. They then wrote their answer to each card in the box. 

Simple. Easy. Fun. WorksheetLESS! 

I do this at least once a week with various subjects. I can check their answers easily for understanding and there are no papers to turn in or to throw away because you don't want to "grade" them. The best part of all...NO PREP! Just pull a set of cards up on your computer screen and go. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! 

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  1. Love it! I really adore the idea of task cards, but haven't gotten fully on board because of the concern about all that colored ink (that I have to pay for myself, of course!!!) and environmental concerns around laminating. Your solution is perfect for me! All aboard (the task card train!)

    Mme Aiello @ Teaching FSL

  2. Task cards are great! Love your take on using them.

    Krazy Town

  3. Love it! Thanks for the idea! Love the dry erase page protectors too...
    Mrs. Samuelson's Swamp Frogs


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