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15 Ways to Use Task Cards in Your Elementary Classroom

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Have you ever been in a situation where everyone around you is talking about something that you have no idea what it is, yet you pretend that you do? That was me with task cards! Early in my career, my colleagues raved about task cards, but I struggled to understand the appeal and how they could be effectively used in your classroom.

That mindset quickly changed when I started using them in my classroom and saw how valuable they are to student engagement and learning or reviewing curriculum, along with so many other things. I found that task cards are actually one of the most creative and fun classroom management strategies I've ever used.

For those that aren’t sure what task cards are or how to use them, I want to give you the tools you need to make them part of your classroom. Task cards bring a fresh approach to learning and provide new ways to review concepts as a whole class, small group, or as partners. Additionally, they’re easy to differentiate and portable, which also makes them beneficial for teachers.

If you haven’t used task cards at all or are looking for new ways to utilize them in your classroom, this episode is for you! I’m sharing 15 different and creative ways to use task cards that are both fun and incorporate learning with your students. Even with one set of cards, they can be used in a variety of ways, can help switch up your routine, while also getting students moving and engaging throughout your room. 

If you are a member of The Classroom Management Club, you will get even more ways to use task cards in your classroom, along with new cards each month! They’re thematic cards that can make learning fun and special for your students. Make sure you grab those, along with all the additional resources, trainings, and support in the club!

Inside this week's show, you'll learn:

  • What task cards are and why they are one of the best classroom management strategies
  • 15 ways to use task cards and why they’re used for both fun and learning
  • How task cards can be used for differentiation, enrichment, and extension with all of your students
  • Tips for using one set of cards in a variety of ways, such as whole group, small group, or pairs

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I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.

πŸ’› Lori

Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor

Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at and at

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