Tuesday, March 5, 2013

How to use task cards in your classroom: SCOOT

I will start this by saying that I always thought that SCOOT was an activity for the younger kids (not that I've known about it for very long, LOL!) But I found out today and that the older kiddos like it too!

After creating my Energy Posters, I wanted to create some sort of activity to go with them.  I started by creating a board game (more on that at a later time) and then wanted to do something that the whole class could participate in. I settled in on task cards that could also be used for a SCOOT activity..  I made a set of 36 cards. I don't know about you, but my classes sometimes go up to 33 or 34 students.

For those of you that don't know what scoot is, here are the directions:

The first thing I did was to pass out the cards.  I even put them on the empty desks and back table to be able to use them all. 


I then passed out the Energy Scoot recording sheet.


I started out with giving them two minutes to answer the questions, but realized it was too much time for these questions.  I set my timer to go off after a minute and told the students that was their signal to move.



They had a blast doing this! We were able to do some review for the state testing that was going on this week and the students felt like they were playing a game.

You can get you own copy of the Energy Task cards at TpT:

Energy Task Cards at TpT

or you can get them at Teacher's Notebook:

Energy Task Cards at TN

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for explaining "Scoot!" I kept hearing about it, but anytime I heard it the poster didn't give enough context for me to understand exactly what it was. I do this sort of thing but backwards; we sit in a circle on on the rug pass the cards instead of moving seats. Either way; great science resource!

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    1. I like your idea too! If I take the students to the science lab, we would have enough room to do this.

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  2. Hello! I am your newest follower. I found you on the Blog By State Linky. I am also a Teacher Blogger from Indiana! I am looking forward to reading your ideas and possibly even working together in the future.

    Heather Salsman
    Teaching Through Turbulence

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    1. It's always awesome to meet a fellow Hoosier out in Blogland!! Glad to have you here.

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  3. I love this idea!! Just found your blog, I'm your newest follower!
    ✿Sue✿
    Science for Kids Blog

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    1. I just checked out your blog. You have wonderful ideas. I'm going to see if I can adapt some of them to fet my 5th and 6th graders.

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