Friday, February 28, 2014

Using Board Games to Engage Students with Task Cards!

I'm always trying to think about new ways to use task cards since we use them so often.  My students enjoy them, and they will ALWAYS tell me that they prefer task cards over worksheets.  Always.  Hands-down!

On my way to work, I knew we would be doing a set of point of view task cards to reinforce what we have been working on.  I thought about the board games that sat on my shelf, largely unused, and considered how best I could use them in conjunction with the task cards.  I had seen some people play Jenga with task cards before, and I thought that my kids might like to do something similar.  So, we did!

I pulled out Connect Four, Chutes & Ladders, and Candy Lane...All games that the students would know how to play on their own.  Let me tell you, I've never seen 5th graders get so excited about these games!

The rules were simple.  Each group had a set of task cards, and in order to take your turn, each student had to answer a question on one of the cards.  The rest of the group had to agree with the answer before they could move on.  The group also had a recording sheet that they turned in.  Since it was in reading, the students took turns reading the cards orally to practice their reading fluency.  It was a HUGE hit, and so easy!

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  6. Does your bundle include the Task Card Response sheet?

    1. Hi Christina,

      The vast majority of my task cards do include recording sheets. The only exception is when the cards require extended responses.

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    2. I am a new teacher, teaching 5th grade and not having the resources most of my co workers have I am always looking for fun and engaging activities. Thanks for the awesome ideas!! I can not wait to bring it back to my class on Monday!

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  8. Hello, I have been using task cards in my classroom for about three years now. I have found that they have become less used in my classroom towards the end of the year because my activities become stale and repetitive. I am very excited to have found another way to incorporate them into my classroom. It will be fun, it will be engaging, and it will require little prep. All a huge plus in my books. When you use board games meant for much younger students, your fifth graders still enjoy them and do not complain? I have many board games meant for younger children and I wonder if they will be well received. Which games do you students enjoy the most? Are their any that are not well received or do now work well in you experience. Thank you!

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