Here is what you need:
- One set of multiple choice task cards with enough cards so that each student can have one card.
- Prize globes, plastic eggs, snack-sized storage container, or other fun container.
- Signs for the answer choices (A, B, C etc.)
- Designate a different section of the room for each answer choice and place a sign there as a reminder. These will the the Answer Stations.
- Put one task card in each container.
Here is how to play:
- Distribute containers with cards inside.
- Have students chant: 5-4-3-2-1...Open for some Task Card Fun!
- Each student opens his or her task card, reads it silently and walks to the correct Answer Station.
- At the Answer Station, students trade cards with one other student to see if the other student agrees with their answer. Make sure students know it is okay to change Answer Stations at this point if they need to.
- Have students sit down, give a thumbs-up or do some other action to signify that they are ready to begin the next round.
To Begin a New Round
- Students put their cards back into the containers.
- Students leave the Answer Stations and mill about the room, swapping containers with other students. Each student should swap several times.
- Teacher rings a bell, or gives some other signal. Students freeze where ever they are and once again chant: 5-4-3-2-1...Open for some Task Card Fun!
- Game continues until kids start to get repeat cards or you run out of time.
If you want to add some excitement to the game, have students move differently during the milling time between rounds. For example, they could: hop on one foot, take only baby steps, walk backwards, crawl, pretend they are frightened etc.
If you are looking for more ideas about how to use task cards, check out Totally Task Cards, a website devoted to these amazing teaching tools.
A small confession: I have not tried this game in a classroom. I came up with it today while lying in the sun on my back porch. If you try it with your students, I would love for you to comment and tell me how it went!