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Monday, January 13, 2014

February Task Cards Giveaway

Congratulations Melinda!!!  Check your email ;)

I posted February Task Cards this weekend.  I have really enjoyed this easy (to prepare ;), extra activity in my classroom.  Right now I only have 8 students working on them. They are actually thought of as a reward.  These 8 kids are just FANTASTIC!  They are on or above grade level, super readers, responsible, respectful... the whole kit and ka-bootle!  When I introduced the idea to them, I explained that not everyone would be receiving a task card booklet. I explained that they didn't need to talk them up or make others feel bad, however, I wanted them to know that I appreciated their hard work and wanted to reward them with an extra challenge.  Before our chat was over (in the hallway with just the 8)... a cute little boy said, "Mrs. Evans, I know it's kind of a secret, but do you think I can tell my mom and dad?  I think they'd be real proud of me!"  AahHH! So sweet!!!  They turn their booklets in before the end of the month... I write a quick note to them along with "extra credit points".  It hasn't been work for me but a booster for their self esteem.  What have you found for those fast finishers? I'd love to hear.  Leave your idea (and email) and I'll draw a winner for the February set on Thursday!
Happy Monday!! xo
I was asked how I manage the cards.... pretty simple.  I have a small spot on my wall in the corner, under the TV.  I just used push pins and silver rings.  
(Looks like I had a little helper on the bottom right hand corner ;)


peggy27 said...

I usually just have them read alone or with a partner. I need something else! Looks great

Deb said...

I have struggled with what to do with my fast finishers. I have been looking for something. I have a few students who are like sponges and always want more to do. These would be great for those kiddos. mrsbooch@gmail.com

jr said...

Read read read!!! But I love the idea of a little something extra!


Cassie Thompson said...

I usually have them read. I might give them an extra reading response sheet or something but I wish I had more for them to do! This looks great!
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Unknown said...

Honestly your Word Work monthly grammar activities are my life saver!! I also have them read or if it is just a 1 or 2 let them have extra computer/ipad time.

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Mrs. W said...

I am in a different class situation than you but I love these task cards. I have kids with behavioral/emotional challenges that are starting to enter the general education environment again. When a student finishes their work, they get to access additional time on the IPAD or computer to play IXL (licenses paid for by district) for additional math or reading practice. But, I love your task cards and would love to use them more! Thank you!

Melinda said...
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Melinda said...

Right now, they just go to centers when they are done with math or ela, but I'm looking for more ideas and tips on incorporating it into our routine. melindacasas@gmail.com

Christine said...

I push A.R for my early finishers and/or an enrichment page. I keep a variety of pages in the wall and they can grab one when they need. (Reeds.ac at gmail.com)

Andrea L. said...

I usually have a monthly packet that everyone gets (but only my quick ones really finish) as well as additional math or ela folder centers they can do (folder games, response worksheets, marcy cook tiles, etc.) Your task cards would be perfect to add to our collection!

Krystal said...

I have both math and writing journals for them to work on when they're done... I also keep xtramath pulled up for them, but they often end up reading. If they could choose, I think they would just color all day long! Lol!! I need more things like this to keep them busy :)

Cherie said...

I let them select a page from Draw Write Now to work on their drawing and handwriting!


Suzy Q said...

I have a group who is writing a HUGE story together. One day there were even tears from one boy who thought he wouldn't get to color any pictures, so I had to lay down the law. No tears with extra work that you chose! (I am such a meanie!)

BUt I would love to have something a wee bit more focused for individuals!

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hsamuelson said...

We have the AR program here, so my fast finishers get to read and take AR tests on the iPods. I would love something to give them that would be more engaging in more areas :)
Mrs. Samuelson's Swamp Frogs

Emily said...

Before last month I would have them read or do a writing project. But last month I bought your January cards and I love them!! I would love to have these too!

Unknown said...

Math flashcards, practice sight words, work on handwriting, and read. Last month, I bought january and winter sets. Kids love them!!!

Robin Green said...

I use task cards also. I learned about extension menus last summer and have used a few of those, as well.

Robin Green said...

Response is above- forgot my email: rcwgreen @gmail.com

Tara said...

I love, love, love these and they are in my cart on TPT to buy right now. :) But, I have one question. When the students get the set of task cards, do they keep the set at their desk until they finish completely? I know, sounds like a silly question. But, MANY of my students don't keep neat desks and MANY of my things get messed up and I would hate for that to happen after working on them for so long. :)