Many of you have probably seen various activities floating around called Scoot. Scoot is a way to
use task cards that turn it into a game.
In the past, I’ve used task cards in centers, or had students work in small groups to rotate through different task card stations. Scoot is similar to this rotation, but I do it individually. So how do you play?
I take any task card and put one down on each student in desk in numerical order. I have 24 students, but use 28 task cards, so I put 4 extra around a round table in my room.
Each student has an answer sheet that he/she uses to record his/her responses. Once the students are ready, I start giving the cues.
“START” – students start on the task card that I put on their desk
“STOP” – students stop writing
“STAND” – students stand up with their paper in one hand and the pencil in the other
“SCOOT” – students carefully scoot to the next desk (it helps if they leave their chairs out for the next student)
“SIT” – students sit
“START” – students begin on the card in front of them.
This continues until they rotate through each of the task cards. I have been doing this as a grammar assessment for the past few weeks and the students love it! Today, we did it on past tense verbs. Each card had a verb written in present tense and the students needed to write down the past tense form on their answer sheet.
Another bonus to this method of assessment is that I have found my lower students tend to do better. I believe this is due to the fact that there is only one question per card. It seems to be less overwhelming and they are able to focus all of their attention on working that problem.