Task cards are a staple in my classroom and are used in many different ways. I use them in centers, as extra work when students finish their work, and as a whole-group to practice skills we learned.
Last week, our reading series briefly touched on the topic of analogies, but I felt like it was important for the students to develop this skill even further. So….Rachel Lynette’s analogy task cards came to the rescue, and I must say, the students LOVED them.
Now, these are task cards that I would use from year-to-year, so I made sure that I laminated them with my new nifty Scotch Laminating machine. This was the first time I had used it and I was so surprised at the quality of the lamination. It was so much thicker than the laminator at school and didn’t have any ripples in it. The best thing about this laminator is that it is extremely affordable, and the laminating sheets are very reasonably priced as well! I bought it on Amazon for less than $30 and it was shipped to me in 2 days! Gotta love Amazon Prime!
For these task cards, I decided to have the students work with a partner and rotate through stations set up around the classroom. There were 8 groups with 3 cards at each station. I gave the students one of the answer recording sheets, about 2 minutes in each group, and then had them switch to the next location in the classroom. This was a great way of having the students move throughout the room and burn off some of that energy after gym class. 🙂 The students were engaged in these task cards the whole time, never became off-task, and were actually quite disappointed when the rotation is finished. Good news is, there were 3 different sets of cards in this bundle, so we will be doing another one next week!