I have blogged about my early finisher task cards before. If you want to see my old system for using the cards, you can read about that HERE!
Now that I have this fancy card display, I'm thinking about doing things a bit differently. I am going to get a 70 page notebook for each student. You can get these VERY inexpensively at BTS time. Less than .25 per notebook. Then, I am going to have the students split up their notebook into different sections for each of the different early finisher task cards I have them use.
The first section will be for the Creative Thinking A to Z cards. They will need one page for each letter. There is one card per letter with four prompts on each card, so they can put all the activities for one card on a page. They will need 13 pages to do all the cards. Here is a sample title page:
Then, here is an example of how each page will look in their notebook.
I decided to leave about 20 pages for the Math Early Finisher Task Cards. The prompts take a variety of space, but they can label the card on a page and use as much room as they need to. I plan to have the kids try to do more than one task per page, if they can.
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.
Now, even though I'm planning to use the display for early finishers, you can use it for ANY task card sets! Seriously, they fit in perfectly! If you can't find one at an antique mart, you can buy them on Amazon for about $30. BUT, check your antique stores first (who doesn't need a good reason to stop by an antique store?)! I found TONS of them, and then had my husband spray paint it with pink spray paint! :)
^^This bundle includes my math, reading, and writing prompt early finisher task cards!^^
^^These are my Creative Thinking A-Z Task Cards. They are always a favorite!^^