Monday, March 4, 2013
Task Card Mania
If you haven't played "Scoot", the procedure is simple. Place a task card at each desk, and form a traffic pattern. Make sure the students KNOW this traffic pattern. (Yes, I'm speaking from experience. It's not near as much fun when people start whining "I've already been to this desk...") Give each student a recording sheet. They read the card and write the answer on their recording sheet before you say "Scoot". I usually give them 30 seconds, depending on the amount of text on the cards. Each time you say "Scoot", they pick up their pencil and recording sheet and move to the next desk. This continues until they get back to their original desk.
These task cards can also be used in a literacy center, as I have included a sorting mat and answer key for self checking with each set. So far I have created a set for author's purpose, similie/metaphor, fact and opinion, and text structure. As much as my kids loved the activity, I'm definitely going to be making more sets.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Shari-Abbey - Follow this link or the my store button on the side if you are interested in purchasing any of these card sets. I also created interactive notebook pages for the kids to glue into their composition books. The kids took their notebooks around the room with them as a reference to use while completing the cards. I don't have one for each set yet, but the text structure and author's purpose really came in handy during this game.