Speaking and Listening Skills Task Cards

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
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19 pages
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This activity is a great to tool to practice oral and written communication skills as well as reinforce math vocabulary, estimation, and measurement skills. It's perfect for reinforcing following directions, sub day plans, center activities and more.

In this set, students will describe relative size and position of various shapes, lines, and angles [triangle (right, acute, obtuse, scalene, equilateral, isosceles), square, rectangle, parallelogram, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, circle, oval, parallel lines, intersecting lines, perpendicular lines, etc.] Though students don't strictly need to use this vocabulary to succeed, it certainly helps!

Originally, I created this resource as a way to help students be more thorough and clear in their process writing. I was specifically interested in helping them recount their process for building STEM challenge designs and learning to write effective procedures for science labs and experiments. While I always loved the make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich activity, sometimes you don’t want to get into the mess (and allergies)!

Watch this video for ideas on how to use the cards!

Directed drawing is a classic activity I remember from my childhood as a fun game. I didn’t realize I was practicing important communication skills at the time! As a teacher, I always choose to make learning fun whenever possible, so I’ve taken my childhood “game” and expanded on it in this resource.

This resource includes:

  • 44 director cards of varying complexity
    • Blank set of cards for students to illustrate based on directions and/or to create their own images.
  • Teacher Tips
    • How to use the task cards
    • Several options for whole-class, small groups/partners, and groups
    • Includes ways to increase difficulty (though you won’t likely need to until the students have a good amount of experience!)
    • Sample script to introduce the activity
    • Cards at a glance

  • Center directions

There is a Halloween freebie that includes nearly identical teacher tips pages and one page of task cards, so you can try before you buy.

Note: It was difficult for me to choose a teaching duration for these cards because there are many different ways to use them. Some stretching for several weeks, others for days, so I chose a conservative estimate of one week. For example (probably the most common scenario): If each day you choose to use the two cards and students are in pairs, it would take about 15 minutes a day x 22 days to get through all the cards. Maybe you'll use 4 cards/30 minutes a day, cutting that to 11 days.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.

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19 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.
Partition shapes into parts with equal areas. Express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole. For example, partition a shape into 4 parts with equal area, and describe the area of each part as 1/4 of the area of the shape.
Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.
Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.
Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.


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