Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Total Participation Task Cards Sale & Giveaway

Hi bloggers! I am so excited to share this with you today. Earlier this summer, I created some task cards to go along with the book Total Participation Techniques. I'm quite in love with this product actually. I have been busy making these folders for my new class and wanted to share the product more in depth with all of my readers.

  An overview of the set that I am using (there are several other tasks in the file, I'm just focusing upon the ones I know I will use).

Let's take a closer peek at the items included in this sample:

1) Number Cards -- this sample only includes one set but I will actually but 2 or 3 sets (probably 3) in each folder. You use these cards to help the students build basic numeracy skills. The cards are simply used as a manipulative to allow the students something to count on or move around to help them process the math problem they are working on. This is especially helpful for story problems. Print on cardstock, laminate, cut and paperclip together.

2) Bounce Cards -- I cut mine out but you could feasibly leave the sheet in tact for the students to simply use as a reference. These cards each have a conversation starter on them. They are a way to help the students keep a conversation going (and on task!) when the teacher can't be right there next to them. We have used something similar in my district in the past several years (Accountable Talk). Print on cardstock and cut out the cards if you prefer. Paperclip together and tuck into the folder. 

3) Multiple Choice Hold Ups -- These cards are great for test review or test prep. Students can simply hold up the card to show the answer they have selected. Print on cardstock, laminate, cut out and paperclip together.

4) Appointment Agenda -- very similar to Clock Partners, students have an appointment for each of the slots so when you want them to work with a partner, you simply say "Please find your 4 o'clock partner" and they are ready to go. Print on cardstock, laminate and cut out the edges so you only have the agenda, not the excess white space. (If you laminate them, they will, of course, last longer. You can write on them with Sharpie and at the end of the year, spray a little Expo White Board Cleaner on and the Sharpie will come right off! *Note: you MUST use Expo cleaner, the imitation stuff doesn't work.)

5) True/False Hold Ups -- this one might just be my favorite of them all! For younger grades, you can simply use the True/Not True cards and leave the other two out. For upper grades, you can add in the other two cards to help gauge student comprehension of the lesson or problem. I would recommend using these as part of a review and/or test prep if you are teaching students about deciphering multiple choice answers. The students will actually be able to apply what they know to make an incorrect statement be correct by modifying part of it or being able to say there isn't enough information to determine if that particular answer would be viable. Print on cardstock, laminate, cut out and paperclip together.

 6) Processing Card Tent -- This one is designed to be printed on cardstock, cut around the edges and then folded in the middle so you have a table tent. This one really serves as a visual aid for the teacher. When you are engaged in direct instruction and then want to provide the students time to try the activity, this card is useful because a quick scan of the room will let you know who is ready to move on and who may still be working and need a bit more time. It's an easy way to gauge the wait time for each individual child and help you see who processes slowly on a regular basis so you can provide accommodations for that student.

When the materials aren't being used, the sets are paper clipped together and housed in their envelope so the students will always know where their materials are.

How I will use this in my room: Every student will have one of these envelopes with all of the above mentioned items inside. (There is also a 100s chart, an alphabet and quick write/quick draw forms in the file.) Each of my students will have a book box at their seat and this folder will fit right into that book box. Therefore, anytime I want to toss in one of these activities, the students can quickly grab their envelope, pull out the necessary task cards and we're ready to go.

Because I love this product so so much, I am having a Flash Sale TODAY only! You can purchase the file for 20% off at my TpT Store or at Teacher's Notebook. Not good enough? How about a Flash GIVEAWAY too?? Simply enter via the Rafflecopter below and on Thursday I will pick two winners.

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  1. This looks great! I like the Ready to Share/Still Thinking tent idea!
    Teaching in the Valley

  2. These look awesome - I think my first graders could use many of the elements!

  3. I would use them all the time. During instruction at their seats and the carpet. Also, they would help start conversations in book clubs. My students who don't like to talk would also love them and I would too because I could gauge understanding.

    If I don't win I'll def be putting it on tpt wishlist.

  4. I think this awesome...ready made!

  5. My team and I made rings of TpT "Hold Ups" for each kid in our class last year. I didn't use them as much as I was hoping, but I'm going to try to use them more this year! Your pack looks awesome!

    1. I am totally in love with this set! I can't wait to use it and report on how it's working!