Getting Moving with Task Cards (& Battling Indoor Recess)

Indoor recess.

I could really just stop there because I know you all understand the significance of those two words. Needless to say, we've had a long spell of days spent inside (I know I'm not alone in this!) and I'm looking for ways to get my increasingly restless students moving while learning.

One of our favorite activities this year does just that. And it's oh-so-simple to set up!

1. Grab a pack of task cards. 

There are so many wonderful ones to choose from out we used Coordinate Graphing QR Code Fun from Flapjack Educational Resources...
(LOVE these adorable cards!)

2. Cut up the task cards (okay, well everyone knows this part).

3. Cut up the answer key.

4. Tape the task cards and answers (all mixed up) throughout the room:
(this can be done very quickly in the 20 minutes your students are not in the classroom, also with a sandwich in tow as I learned today)

5. Pass out recording sheets and clipboards and you and your students are ready to go!

I spread the task cards and mixed up answers on three of my four walls, so the kids will have plenty of space (and walking room to really get moving).

The students solve the problem, then move through the room until they find their answer they just recorded, leading them to the next card to solve.

With QR cards like Tabitha's, it's even more fun to check the answers once finished (we're a BYOD school, thankfully):

So, nothing really big and something very easy to do. But you know what? My students LOVE when they walk in and see the cards set up like this and I love seeing them get re-energized while working. It's a win-win! Well, win-almost-win because nothing really beats outdoor recess, right? ;)

How many indoor recesses are you up to? This is our seventh or eighth...I'm starting to lose track!
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  1. I love getting mine up for any sort of hallway hunt/room search. Adding QR codes is just a bonus. We have surface tablets so they're a little tough to hold and record an answer. As far as indoor recess, I would guess it's been at least two weeks of school. It's!

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  2. We are on our 5th day of no school! I would definitely take indoor recess instead at this point! I love doing around the room activities.

  3. Ugh, inside recess. We've had more than enough of them this winter!!

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  4. What a fun, colorful activity that the students would really love!! Way to keep them moving and motivated!


  5. Indoor recess=no fun! For the first day it's ok but after that, ugh. I can only imagine how bad it can be in the north! We're home in snowmagedon in Atlanta because everything shuts down when we get snow...

    Anywho, I love QR Code task cards, and even better, so do the students!! I haven't put them up around the room yet, we use them as a center, but you are right, it's a great way to get them up and moving!! I will have to try it that way soon!! Thanks for sharing!!!
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  6. We had indoor recess all last week and so far this week as well! It's a stinker! The only thing that makes it bearable is my classroom set of iPads! They get to free-play so they that makes indoor recess a bit more tolerable for all of us! I have tons of sets of task cards that I've bought and made myself but I've never thought about putting them around the room yet! Genius!

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  8. Ugh. I can't remember our last outdoor recess. I'd say we're closer to 15 indoor than anything else. Of course when we have two hour delays (we're up to 7 of those this winter) we don't have recess at all. combined this comment with another, hence the deleted one!
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  9. We have had around two weeks worth of indoor recess. I think this will be an awesome idea for my kids! Although, you are right! Nothing beats outdoor recess!

  10. Indoor recess can be rough! You found the perfect solution. I've had my students to something like this before, but not with task cards. And since I love task cards...I think I've found an easy way to this more often!! Thanks!!!! :)

  11. What a phenomenal idea! It's so easy to implement, and my kids will love it! I have done "solve and move around the room" activities, but I love your twist on them also having to move to find their answers.

    Oh and the whole half a sandwich in tow thing is something I'm famous for! I've even upgraded to a container of yogurt while cutting and copying! Ha!

    Thanks for the great idea!

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  12. What a great idea! I wish we had a BYOD school! But we will be a district-wide iPad soon so I'm bookmarking this post. Thank you.

    I found a really cool site to help my kids AFTER the craziness of indoor recess . . . I hope it's not presumptuous of me to post the link here. If it is, feel free to delete it. :) I've been spreading the word about it in my school and to anyone who will listen, because my kids love it and it really works!!


  13. I never thought about taping task cards up around the room!! How fun!! You are always full of the BEST ideas!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend, Kristin!!!


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