They are great because students feel they have a choice in which task they do first and in middle school this is a great way to engage students. Another benefit of task cards is that students do not feel overwhelmed by worksheet after worksheet of problems to do. It breaks up the day, week, or month. Read below about 9 ways you may use task cards.
1. Centers or Stations.
Set up multiple stations with task cards you wish the students to complete. Students work and rotate through the stations and the respective tasks you set up. Stations or Centers may be set up with 4-5 specific stations on the tasks you wish students to complete with white boards, recording sheets, or notebooks. The number of stations may be determined by the time students are in your class. Students may record their answers and rotate through the stations for a specific amount of time that you designate. Students may also work on a station you specify if you do not wish for them to rotate through stations. For example, one group may need to improve their skills on "Number Sense" tasks, so they work in the "Numbers" Station, another group may need to improve their skills on "Pythagorean Theorem", therefore, they work in the "Pythagorean" Station. This could be done weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, for middle school or high school students. Stations may also be set up as 'self-checking' stations where an answer key is available for students to check their work. However you set up stations or centers, task cards are fantastic for this purpose.