Task cards are one of the best math activities. Using task cards in your classroom is so easy! You can use them for a review activity, math station, whole class activity, and so much more. Are you ready to learn how to create task cards in 5 easy steps!?
Step 1: Start with a blank slate
In order to create your own task cards, you are going to start with a blank presentation. Or, better yet, you can use the template we started in Create Math Activities with PowerPoint™ Part 1.
Once you have your page completely blank, you are ready to begin adding the elements of a task card!
Step 2: Add the outline
You are going to want to insert the outline of your task cards at this point. I like to use a simple rectangle outline. It is easy to cut out and looks classic in my opinion.
- Select “Insert” to insert the rectangular shape. The bright blue is the default color of the shapes but don’t worry, we will change that in a bit.
- When adding the shapes, I like to use the “Guides” under the “View” tab to make sure I have a rectangle in each quadrant of the page.
- You can right click the rectangle and “Duplicate” the shape to make sure they are all the same size.
Step 3: Change the settings of the rectangle
You just want the rectangle to be an outline for the task card so you want to change the settings of the rectangle. I recommending pressing “ctrl” on your keyboard and highlighting all the rectangles at the same time so you only have to change the settings once!
You can either have “No Fill” for your rectangle or change the color to “white” – either way, you will get a center of white that you can build on. Next, you are going to want to change the color, style, and weight of the outline. Look through the “Line” settings and try a few out!
Step 4: Add your title
At this point, you are going to want to name your activity so you can keep track of all the task cards you make! You can add a simple title to each task card to reflect the activity you are creating. Generally, you want the title on the top left but you can center the title as well. Change the font and the sizing for your title.
Step 5: Number your task cards
You want to number your task cards so you can keep track of the question your students are on. It makes it easy to check the answers with the answer key! You can put the numbers in the top right or bottom right, whichever you think looks better. I like to add a shape around the number to make it stand out and so it doesn’t get confused with the math question.
I like to work smarter and not harder so once I have one page complete, I duplicate it as many times as I need! If you right click the slide on the side when your presentation is in “Normal” view, you can right click and duplicate any slide! This is a game changer, especially if you want all your task cards to be uniform.
Now, if you would like all the setup done for you, check out this FREE MATH TASK CARD TEMPLATE. All the setup is done for you 🙂