5.14.2019

5 (More) Ways to Use Task Cards in Spanish Class



In my most popular post on Secondary Spanish Space, I shared with you 7 ideas for increasing engagement and understanding with task cards in the Spanish classroom. I talked about playing basketball, doing a relay race, and other fun ideas that will get your students moving and practicing the material. I am so excited to bring you 5 MORE ideas today! That brings our total of activities you can do with a single task card set to an even dozen, all for less than the price of a venti nonfat vanilla blonde latté (Trust me. I drink a lot of them. 😬 #teacherlife).

Miss my first post with 7 task card ideas? Click HERE to see it!

1. FAST-FINISHERS


I haaaaaaaate wasted class time and would much rather students be doing something productive than playing on their phones or bothering their friends that are still finishing up. We only get so many minutes with our students each week and every single one of them is precious! One idea for a fast-finisher activity is to use task cards! Say you are studying the imperfect tense. Hang up imperfect tense task cards Day 1 of the unit around the room and pass out a response sheet to students at the beginning of the period. Instruct students to get up and complete the task cards whenever they finish an assignment or activity early over the next several days. Tell them completed sheets are due the last day of the imperfect unit. Encourage them to double check their answers throughout the unit as their understanding of the imperfect grows.

Need a few other ideas for unexpected extra time in class? Check out my post Fun and Meaningful Time Fillers for Spanish Class.

2. TREASURE HUNT


Make students work for their task cards AND give them a great review of classroom vocabulary, colors, commands, or whatever else you want to use with a treasure hunt! Hide task cards around the classroom and write clues for the students to solve to find them. How fun would this be when learning prepositions of place?!

Examples:
1. Está cerca del sacapuntas.
2. Está adentro del diccionario azul.
3. Está al lado del escritorio de Emma.

In order to make this work, you need several different versions of the sheet with the clues so the entire class doesn't move around from task card to task card like a school of fish. It is easy enough to do with the copy and paste feature on a computer. Just mix, mix, mix those clues and turn the students loose! Dollar store eye patches for the winners, anyone? 

3. STATIONS

Love, love, LOVE doing stations the day before a unit test and task cards are always one of my stations. Since students are usually only at a station for 10-12 minutes, I hand-pick the cards I want them to complete. I always make sure to choose a variety of cards so students get a well-rounded review of the topic. Once we are done rotating through the stations, we go over the answers and they report to me their understanding, just like we do with a Walk and Write (read more about that activity HERE). 

4. HOMEWORK

Have a student that is struggling to understand the concept you are studying and needs a little extra practice? Send him/her home with task cards! Rather than printing off a bunch of pages and cutting them up, go to your printer settings and do the following:

1. Choose which pages you want to print. If you are using any of my task card sets, that would be pages 4-11.

2. Go to Layout and choose Handouts (4 slides per page).

3. Push print and voilá. You've got all 48 task cards on two sheets of paper. That is a TON of great practice for a student that needs a little extra help. They can either write their answers on the back of the papers or you can print them off a response sheet. When they come to class the next day, you can either have them self-check with the answer key or you can go over the answers with them. Either way, you will get a good idea about what they know or don't know.

5. MAKE-UP WORK


We can see it coming from a mile away. The dreaded form or email that is a pre-arranged absence homework request. I think they wouldn't annoy me so much if students ACTUALLY DID THE WORK I PUT TOGETHER. I used to spend a lot of time making beautiful packets for students. After about the 6th time Johnny didn't complete his packet during his two-week vacation to Disney World, I said forget this and came up with the idea to use task cards. Just like in #4, I print them off 24 to a page, staple the two pages together, and boom. You've got a great review for a student of a topic. Throw in the notes and let the student work through the different tasks. 


Ready to use task cards? Here are two FREE sets to help you get started!
Click HERE to grab them!

Click HERE to grab them!

Looking for more task cards? Here are my 5 most popular task card sets or click HERE to see all 60+ options in my store!

                                                  Preterite vs. Imperfect

                                           Preterite Tense (Regular Verbs Only)

                                                       Reflexive Verbs


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If you end up using any of these ideas in your classroom, I would love to hear about it! Please tag me on IG (@laprofeplotts) or let me know on Facebook! We have really enjoyed these activities and I hope you and your students do, too! As always, if you loved this post, I would greatly appreciate you pinning it for me ↓ so others can enjoy these ideas. ¡Gracias, amigos!



          


          

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