Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Classroom Organization: Task Cards - 2nd edition

Back in July, I blogged about THIS organizational system. I quickly realized that system was not going to work. I had too many sets of task cards and not enough room for them all. I was off again in search of the perfect way to store my cards.  After shopping at many stores, I found what I hope to be the perfect solution (although I've already had to reorganize it and condense some of the drawers).

The drawers sell at Michaels for $8.99. I happen to get them for 50% off, plus a coupon for an additional 10% of purchase, plus my 10% teacher discount ($3.64 a piece). They only had 8 of the black, so I had to purchase white ones and spray paint them.  

I did keep the coupon holders to organize within the drawers. I printed the topic on 1/2" X 1 3/4" labels (Avery 6467) and then used packing tape to adhere them to the coupon holders. I had to use the tape because the texture of the plastic kept the labels from sticking.

One thing I like to do with my cards is make a cover and answer key the same size as the set of cards. I usually take screen shots of the opened pdf and then open the jpg in Photoshop Elements. I put 2 covers and 2 answers keys on a page. I try only to buy task cards that can be cut into fourths (only 2 cuts that way!) so they are easy to create.

When I started to create math task cards, I added this to my product.  It makes it real easy to make it a self-check activity. 

When I use the task cards, I usually have two students partner up. They each do the problem on the card and then compare their answers. If they disagree with each other, they try to figure out why their answers do no match. When they are done with the set of cards, they self check their answers.

These task cards are by ChiliMath. I've fallen in LOVE with their products! I just love the variety of questions they use in their products.

Look how nice and neat they look!! Task cards by ChiliMath,  Teaching with a Mountain View,  Rachel Lynette and Amy Alvis (me!)

I have just started my venture of making my own task cards, which you can find in my TpT store.

Who do you go to for your task cards? I'm always looking for new topics. Let me know who your favorite sellers are!


  1. Great idea! I'll definitely try something like this over the summer. Thanks for sharing (with pictures!).

    1. I've actually had to get rid of the coupon holders because I've collected too many cards. I need all the room I can get!

  2. Amy, I am obsessed with this way of storing the cards!!! What a perfect way to do so!!

    I love many stores for task cards but one of my favorites is Teaching with a Mountain View. I have used many of her ELA cards this year and they are excellent. I'm off to check out your store--thanks for sharing this wonderful organization! :)

    1. Yes, I own most of Teaching with a Mountain View's math sets!

  3. I am trying to find these storage containers. How big is each container?
    Great ideas!! Thanks!

    1. Here is the link to them at Staples which gives you all the dimensions. They are much cheaper at Michaels!