Sometimes, inspiration comes to us in the most unusual places. For me, my latest task card storage inspiration was at an antique mall! I was spending the afternoon perusing the booths with my favorite girls and kept seeing those beautiful library card catalog chests. Oh, how I swoon over those! Someday one will adorn my home office! But another little goody I kept seeing were card holders! At first, I was eyeing them for my girls' library. I thought they would love putting board books and their little first readers in them. But then it dawned on me: TASK CARDS! So, I picked one up for $15 and it. is. perfect. Like, you guys… I absolutely can't believe I have not done this sooner.
The half page task cards fit in perfect and so do the quarter page cards. At first, I just thought it would be great to display the cards we were using for various units of study, but then I realized I had the perfect use for it… Early Finisher Task Cards! With all the openings, it was a great place to put all my early finisher activities so that students could easily access them in one place and I could easily rotate them throughout the year.
You can't see it in the picture (oops!) but I cut the corner off of all twenty pages in the notebook for the math cards. That way, it will be easy for kids to flip right to the math section and get started.
Behind the math pages will be a space for their Language Arts/Reading Early Finisher Task Cards and then another section for their Monthly Reading Skills Task Cards. I have a lot of other early finisher/critical thinking task cards, too, so they will leave space for that in the back. By the end of the year, they should have a really incredible journal full of all the creative things they have done when they have had a bit of spare time!
Here is how my display looks. I love that there is quite a bit of space for different task cards. Each student really only needs one card at a time, so there will be plenty to go around. They aren't attached with rings so that they can just take one.
My card holder can display twelve (or more if you want to put more than one in each space) sets of cards for students to be working on.
If you are interested in my Early Finisher Task Cards, look no further! They have been an absolute sanity saver for me as a teacher, and I'm looking forward to using them again this year, especially with this new set up!