Task cards are a wonderfully flexible classroom tool. They can be used in a literacy center, for a game of SCOOT, as a scavenger hunt (sometimes called a gallery walk or Scatter), as an assessment piece, or even for instruction. The cards are easy to assemble: Just print on heavy paper or card stock, cut apart, laminate if you choose, and they are ready to use.
These particular cards were designed as a literacy center or gallery walk. To use as a literacy center, simply put a set of 12 cards and corresponding response sheet in a folder or envelope and place them in a designated area in the classroom. Students may complete the cards during free time or assigned center time. There are NO specific answers since students are composing sentences. Some sets do require students to select a particular word based on its part of speech. Needed answer keys are provided. Assess the student’s work according to your typical rubric or expectation.
To use these cards as a gallery walk, place each of the cards in a set at various spots in the room. Hiding some of them under a chair or behind a book can be fun! Give each student a corresponding response sheet or have them use their own loose leaf paper and instruct them to walk around the room searching for the cards. They should complete the cards as they find them. Students may want to carry a clip board or notebook on which to write. My students call this task card activity SCATTER since the cards are scattered around the room.
There are three sets of 12 cards each in this packet. Each set requires students to write sentences based on winter related words. However, each set focuses on different sentence skills: sentence structure (identifying simple, compound, and complex sentences); types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory); and sentence fluency (using four specified words in a sentence).