Using Task Cards in your Interactive Notebook

Interactive Notebooks are a known staple in my classroom.  Every subject that I teach uses one in a variety of forms.  Today I wanted to show you how I use Task Cards in my Interactive Math Notebook.

I use Task Cards in a variety of ways.  I create center work when I need to be in a small group, I set them up as an Around the Room activity when my students get fidgety and need space, and I use them as formative assessments in our Interactive Notebook.
I print a set of 4 Task Cards and have my students put them into their Notebooks only gluing or taping down the tops.  SHHHHH don't tell Erin over at I'm Lovin Lit that I use tape in my notebooks!  Sometimes we need to move things around, and glue doesn't always work for me <hee hee>

With some of the groups we underline and annotate key words.  This might be as simple as the operation, or I might have students mark information relating the fractions to the benchmark fractions they have learned.  This is added practice in estimating the size of a fraction.  
I have students work their problems under each question in the notebook.

I always have students write the CCSS at the top of each notebook page, and then write the information in the table of contents.  When students need help with Spiral Review pages, or review for an assessment, they know to look for the corresponding CCSS.  I teach this at the beginning of the year as part of our Reflective Data Learning.
When I want to do a quick formative, I have students grab a crayon or colored pencil and color in a set number of problems under a specific standard.  In my example below an Orange crayon was used and the student colored in 2 problems he would like me to formatively assess.
It's a quick way to check and make sure a student is on track for mastery, and I can also check for patterns and challenge my better math students to choose problems that are leveled for them.

The examples above are from my Wacky Wordies Fraction Task Cards which I have recently updated.  They cover Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division.  There are 8 cards for each operation.  The answer is provided on a QR code.  There is also a printable answer key for Center or Around the Room work.  You can go {HERE} and check them out or redownload if you have already purchased them!
I would love to hear how you use Task Cards in your classroom.  Leave me a note below and share.


  1. Love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. This is great! I will definitely be incorporating this into my Interactive math notebooks. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Love this idea for left hand pages in my interactive notebook. Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is brilliant! I will definitely use this next year. Thank you so much for sharing this idea.

  5. I love this idea. Thank you for sharing! I use INs and task cards in my English classes. I cannot wait to combine them this year. :)
    ~Amanda from His and Her Hobbies

  6. I love this idea! Any suggestions on how to implement this in a Language Arts class ISN?

    1. I use them pretty much the same way in my ELA class. My students use two different Interactive Notebooks in ELA. One is for Reading and the Other is for Writing and Grammar. If I have task cards I want them to complete in the notebooks I put the info on their assignment bookmark for the week, then if I want to formatively assess something, on Friday we all find that page in the notebook and my students will color code the cards they want me to look at, or I tell them specifically which ones I plan to formatively assess. I check the notebooks the following week when groups are meeting. Does that make sense?

  7. Fabulous idea! I've just started an Interactive Notebook Linky Party and this post is perfect! Would you be willing to link up and share?


  8. Hi Michele--great idea. I used interactive notebooks in Reading/Writing Workshop in 5th grade last year and hope to do the same again in 6th this year. I hadn't thought of using task cards with them!
    The Wild Rumpus 


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