Last year was really the first year that I dove into using task cards regularly in my classroom. I used them here and there before, but my students really seemed to enjoy them, which made me more excited about using them.
I kind of went crazy and downloaded, printed, laminated, and cut 11 new sets of task cards for my class this year. Once I started, which happened to be around midnight one night, I couldn’t stop. I recruited my husband to be the “cutter” while I printed and laminated it. It took about an hour and a half to finish, which means we didn’t wrap up until 1:30 in the morning. But, when I start going on something, I just want to keep going until it’s done.
Now that I’m kind of overwhelmed with these task cards, I needed a way to store them all. I used gallon sized storage bags. These worked perfectly because I was able to make a copy of the cover page and slide it in there along with the task cards, recording sheet, and answer keys behind it. I like how I can easily see which set is which. I’m thinking about putting them in storage containers, but I’m trying to think of other alternatives. If you’re interested in the task cards in my picture, the Fluency Task Cards are from Teaching With A Mountain View and the rest are from Rachel Lynette.
Teaching With A Mountain View uses these coupon storage envelopes (they are frequently in the dollar section of Target) to store hers. I absolutely love how organized this looks. You can check out some more pictures from her blog, Task Card Corner.
Tara at 4th Grade Frolics found some poly-zip file bags at Staples to store her task cards. I might need to head on over there because these look so much more durable than my storage bags, but it’s all I had at the time.
Do you have a different way to store task cards? Leave your suggestions in the comments. If you have a blog post on it, I would love for you to post your link so I can check it out!