Task cards are fun, versatile, and really easy for teachers to use in their classrooms. With more than just a couple sets, organization of those task cards can be a pain, though. Here are some fool-proof strategies for keeping your task cards neatly stashed away until they are ready to be used.
- Plastic Baggies. Place a stack of task cards into a ziplock plastic bag. Label the outside with a sharpie and you are set to go! You can also hole punch a corner of the bag and add them to a binder to add to similar themed task cards (like with the pencil pouch method). Alternatively, you can place several task card plastic bag sets into one bigger plastic bag to be held all together. Having a variety of plastic bag sizes is helpful for this reason.
- Envelopes. Just place the task cards inside the envelope and label it. You can use different sized envelopes depending on the size of your task cards. This is a great way to set out the cards for individual groups. This is pretty quick, cheap, and simple since everyone should have envelopes on hand. Use a clip to hold the envelope shut so you don’t end up with task cards all over the place!
Pencil Pouches. Put a stack of task cards right into a pencil pouch. Then, zip it up and label the outside of the pencil pouch. Best of all, you can put multiple sets of task cards away like this within 1 binder. This is a great way to organize task cards for whole units or months. This is by far my favorite approach, especially if you invest in high-quality pencil pouches that will last over time.
- File Folders. Set up a container with file folders. One container can be math and another container is reading. Then, label each file with specific topics you need to teach. Add your task card sets to each category, as needed. Another option is that you can also set the file folders up by the week (week 1, week 2, so on) or the month. Arrange which task cards you’d like to introduce for each week or month of school. This can be helpful if you love incorporating holiday themed materials in your classroom.
- Stack-able bins. Choose your size and style of bins that stack together. Label the outside of each bin with the type of task card. This is a great strategy if you plan to store task cards in a cabinet or shelf in your classroom.
For my last blog post on fun and simple ways to use task cards right in your classroom, click here.
How do you organize and manage task cards in your classroom?