Tuesday, February 17, 2015

You made WHAT?

I admit it.  I am addicted to Task Cards!  I spend more on Teachers Pay Teachers than I would like to admit.  This year however, I am trying something a little different... I am making my own task cards!

The advantages to making my own task cards are endless.  I can make them in black-and-white (who has access to all that color ink anyway!), I can make them plain and without all of the frills (seriously, how do cute, pink owls help my students), and I can add my own questions.

I recently created some sets for measuring angles, which is a new 4th grade standard this year.  I started in PowerPoint.  Many of the great TpT sellers use PowerPoint to make their task cards, and I can see why. It is very easy to use and manipulate.

The first step was to divide the "paper" in half.  I chose to make these task cards bigger so that the protractor can fit on the angle better.  If you want your task cards to be smaller, just divide it into fourths.  This will also serve as a guide line when cutting.  I then inserted a text box on both sides which provides the borders for my cards.  

The images of the angles were purchased from Teachers Pay Teachers.  There is a lot of clip art available.  In addition to content graphics, you can also get the "cute" clip art that many sellers use.  To get graphics on your task card, you simply insert the image, position it, and re-size it to your fit your needs.

I purchased the angle clip art from: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Fun-For-Learning.  She also has some great number line clip art available.

If you are looking for the cute clip art, visit: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Scrappin-Doodles.  Scrappin-Doodles has clip art for all occasions and subject areas.  

I made my QR codes at: http://www.qr-code-generator.com/.  I love how easy technology makes it for students self check their work!  Adding QR codes seems difficult to many teachers who are technology newbies, but they are in fact very simple.  On the QR code generator's web-site, simply enter the text, number, or URL you want the code to display.  The site will create you a QR code with your information.  Then you can save your QR code to your computer.  I personally did not want to save 50+ QR codes in order to make my task cards, so I used the Snipping Tool to "snip" an image of the QR code.  I then copied the image into my PowerPoint. 

Here is a free version of my Measuring Angles Task Cards!  I hope you and your students enjoy them!