Task cards, like many other teaching resources, have gone digital! And there are many different ways to utilize them in your math block and beyond. Read to the end to snag your free copy of these 2 Digit Addition Word Problem Interactive Task Cards!
# 1″I do” Part of the Lesson
Project the task cards on your whiteboard or share your screen in Zoom. Use the card to model part of the lesson. Think aloud through each step. Since you won’t need to use all the task cards (there are 24-30 in each pack), it’s perfect to align the teacher modeling with what students will be doing for independent practice.
#2 Independent Practice
Speaking of independent practice, these task cards are perfect for students to show their understanding after the lesson. I would not assign the entire set at one time. Break it up over a few days. This is optimal for retaining information and provides a perfect tool for checking understanding.
#3 Partner Work
This may seem challenging to do but it can be done! If in person, have students sit socially distanced and working within the same Google Slides document so they can collaborate. The same set-up can be accomplished in breakout rooms on Zoom or Google Meets. With students working in the same document, they can work together to practice the skill.
#4 Daily Warm Up
Interactive Math Task cards make for a perfect warm-up to review previously taught skills. You could do one as a whole group or display one for students to complete using a whiteboard, in a math notebook or on pencil and paper.
#5 Formative Assessment
Use one of the slides as a “ticket out the door”. You will be able to tell right away who “gets it”. It provides the perfect formative assessment for planning small groups, reviewing and reteaching. And since it’s just one slide, it’s quick!
#6 Whole Class Game
If you know me, you know this one is my favorite! You can use these task cards in conjunction with any whole class game! Some of my favorites are Connect 4, Zip Zap Zop and Memory Games. Simply pose one of the math task cards for students to answer (they can be in teams or play against you!), then choose a student to share their response. A correct response = take a turn in the game. It’s my favorite way to keep engagement high while practicing important skills!
The shift to different online learning platforms has created a new need for digital resources. Teaching math without access to manipulatives and restricted ability to see students solving problems in real time creates challenges. Using task cards in the classroom have always been one of my favorite tools in any subject because of the flexibility and opportunities for engagement.