February 10, 2014

Task Binders, Not Task Cards

I am not a task card fanatic. In fact, I only have a few task cards that I have actually cut out and can call cards. They get bent and misplaced. I am not a fan of cutting them all out just to have to do it all over again after a year. Yes, I know some teachers are able to have their task cards used for years, because they are super careful with them. I'm not one of those. If I have task cards, then we are going to use them! The kids will delve into them. Now that I have stood on my soap box :) let me show you how I use TASK BINDERS.

I simply print the task cards (front to back if possible), put them in a sheet protector and then into a binder. Done and done in 3 minutes. No laminating, no cutting. If more than one student needs the task cards then they either share or take a page out. As you can see in the above pic, there are eight task cards visible so the students can easily move on without bothering the other student. If a page happens to get ruined, I simply print a new one out in 5 seconds.

I have quite a few of these. I also use the folders with the clasps that hold sheet protectors. These are cheaper and work just as well. Using task cards this way definitely works for me! Let me know how you use them.

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  1. That's such a great idea! I feel the same way about my task cards! I also have a bad habit of letting the kids use them before they are laminated and then it's just a disaster! Thanks for sharing!

    Keep Calm and Hoot On

  2. Good idea. Then you can just organize folders for next year or add to them.

  3. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Hodges Herald

  4. I love the idea of using a binder. Our task cards seem to end up on the floor. This would help us keep the room neat and organized! Thanks for sharing!

    Elementary School Garden

  5. I love this idea too, Tina! I have a stack of task cards waiting to be laminated. Lol. Sometimes I can convince the hubby to help me out! Haha!! This would totally save me (and him!). XXOO
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  6. Confession: I NEVER laminate them. I just use them for the day or week and toss them. I don't do it often, so I don't feel so bad about the paper or ink. :)

  7. I've never used task cards before. Are there any you would recommend for someone who is a newbie to task cards?

  8. I love your idea with task binders! That would be SUCH a timesaver!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  9. This is a great idea! Binders and sheet protectors. Brilliant! Thanks so much.

  10. For some cards I cut so we can play scoot or solve the room. But for most cards, I just slip the whole sheet (copied double sided) into a clear report cover and call it a day. Afterward, I file the sheets so I can use them again next year.
    Tales from a Fourth Grade MathNut

  11. Best time-saving idea I've heard in FOREVER! Thanks!

  12. Love the binders! Going to use this idea in one of my library centers. AWESOME!
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

    1. Library centers! That sounds like fun! Do you have any posts at your blog about this?

      Crofts' Classroom

  13. But I like task cards because it gets them out if their seat! And that is why the kids like them too. I don't worry about laminating I just copy clip hang and toss.
    SD 6th grade math