These 32 Back to School Procedures Practice Task Cards will help you start the year right by helping to reinforce classroom procedures. Each of the task cards has a common scenario and asks your students what they would do in that situation. Questions cover a wide variety of topics from independent work time, to supplies, to restrooms, recess, and more.
These task cards really help kids move beyond simply knowing the rules, to thinking about how they would apply them in real life. Questions such as... What would you do if you had a small piece of trash to throw away while the teacher was presenting a lesson or... What would you do if you were stuck on a math problem and the teacher was working with someone else or... What would you do if your pencil lead broke and it was your last pencil…and more!
I am crazy about task cards and think they are an awesome tool for the classroom. You can use them in centers, in small groups, or even individually. Another option is to use one card at a time and discuss it with the whole class. I actually like to keep a stack of cards on my desk that go with whatever concept we're working on and pull a few of them out to do together whenever we have a few extra minutes. These would definitely work well with that to reinforce rules during the first few weeks.
My favorite way to use task cards though, is to use them as a rotational activity. Simply print out the record sheet for each child and station the cards at different places around the room. You can call "Scoot" after a few minutes and kids rotate to the next station. Or depending upon the class, you can let the kids rotate to any card that's open. I love to send them on this "scavenger hunt" in buddies because I like to hear the kids collaborating on their answers. Kids love the movement too and it's always neat to see them really enjoying an activity and learning at the same time.
This set of task cards can be printed in color or grayscale and can be laminated and used again and again. Baggies are great to store them in or you could hole punch each card's corner and put them all on a ring. A plastic shoebox with dividers works really well to keep them organized.
***Please note: This task card set is also included in my Back to School Activity Units with 40 pages for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th (for just $2.50 more):
Back to School Activities for 2nd Grade
Back to School Activities for 3rd Grade
Back to School Activities for 4th Grade
Back to School Activities for 5th Grade
Back to School Activities for 6th Grade
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