Get more use out of your task cards with this free template that will allow you to turn any task card into an opportunity for a written response.
I love using task cards (as do my kids!), and I learn a lot about their thinking from the conversations they have when they are working in pairs on a particular card. However, I wanted a way to give students an opportunity to write more fully about their mathematical thinking without doing a completely different activity, so I developed these templates to use in conjunction with task cards.
With this set of templates, you can use any task card as a springboard for a written response. There are two types of templates. One asks students to write down the answer to the card and then explain how they know their answer is correct; the other asks students to identify an incorrect answer and then explain how they know that answer is incorrect. For each type, there are both portrait- and landscape-oriented templates to accommodate task cards that are horizontal and those that are vertical. The box on each template is sized for task cards that fit four on a page, but you can use smaller task cards as well.
There are a number of different ways you can use these templates. You can choose a particular card, place it on the template, and then photocopy the template with the task card attached, making enough for all of your students to respond to the card you chose. You can also photocopy a set of task cards on paper, cut them out, and give each student a copy of the template and one of the task cards; have them glue the card to the template, and then respond using the card they were assigned. You can decide what works best for you and your class!
Also included is a generic math rubric, using a 3-point scale, that you can use to evaluate student performance when using this template with math task cards, as well as a kid-friendly version of the same math rubric. A wide variety of rubrics can be applied when scoring student performance, however, and this template can be used with task cards in areas other than mathematics, so feel free to use whatever scoring scale with which you and your students are familiar.
I’d appreciate any feedback you are willing to give after you have had a chance to review or try out the templates. I hope you find it a useful supplement to your task cards.
Thanks – Dennis McDonald