Are you ready to go paperless? Have you already tried Google Drive activities or Boom cards? We will get to how amazing paperless task cards are, but first I have a story to tell you!
Y’all I started teaching before we had copy machines. I know. How can that be? Well, when I needed a worksheet I took a ditto sheet and either typed on it or wrote on it with an ink pen. The marks made on the master copy were transferred to the ink sheet underneath and left the ink letters in place.
Then you tore off the inked sheet and fastened it to this big rolling drum. And I am not kidding – then you turned a crank. The turning made one piece of paper fly through under the drum and the ink would magically appear. You kept turning until you had the number of pages you needed for your class. The freshly printed pages were slightly damp and smelled like the ink. And that is how you made a worksheet.
Just imagine how exciting it was to get an electric ditto maker and then a real copy machine!!
Fast forward to 2020 and we are doing more and more using personal computer devices. Including paperless task cards!
Paperless Task Cards?
Yes, absolutely no paper. The task cards are created in Google forms. Students see the task card and then click on a multiple-choice answer or type in an answer. When they complete the whole set the answers are submitted and graded for you!
No paper, no printing, no laminating, no cutting. And the best part for me, is no computer ink to print those colorful task cards. As the creator of these sets this means I can create amazing backgrounds and use clip art for so many things. I don’t have to worry about breaking your budget to print.
I have focused on creating science tasks cards, so take a look at the sets I have!
The Scientific Method set includes classroom backgrounds and identifying vocabulary. Some of the cards describe experiments and students choose the vocabulary or parts of the method.
The Force and Motion set includes questions about Newton’s Laws of Motion. The images show various types of motion to help students with the questions.
The Animal Adaptation’s Paperless Task Cards set is one of my favorites. I found amazing photos of adaptations and the gorgeous colors and images are large and bold. Students answer questions about kinds of adaptations.
The Landform set is another that worked perfectly for using photos. Students identify the vocabulary of landforms and then identify specific landforms from the photos.
Aren’t those flowers amazing? I love this one, too. The clip artist that created these flower parts is one of my go-to clip artists. His work is always perfect. In this Seeds and Flowers Paperless task cards set students identify the parts of seeds, flowers, and plants.
The cutest little skeleton around, right! This Skeletons and Bones set features classroom backgrounds with images of the skeleton as part of the background. Students identify the bones that are displayed or described.
I know I keep mentioning the colors, but this Space and Planets set is perfection. Students identify vocabulary about space and the planets and some space facts.
The Weather Paperless Task cards feature an open book with clipart of weather tools that students identify. They also identify types of weather events.
The Weathering and Erosion set is another personal favorite. The photos I found are perfect for showing different types of weathering and erosion events. Students identify vocabulary usage and the events shown in the photos.
Which set is your favorite? Have you tried paperless task cards yet? Click on any of the images to see these in my store. And, by the way, they are all available as Boom sets or printable sets, too!
Need more convincing? Here are some reasons you should try paperless resources:
- They are truly paperless! No printing, no laminating, no cutting, no storage dilemmas.
- Students work on their own copy of the task cards.
- Students use classroom devices or their own personal devices.
- The task cards are highly engaging and interactive.
- The set is accessible anywhere. The task cards can be used on Chromebooks, Android tablets, and other devices.
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