Differentiating Instruction Using Literacy Task Cards January 26 2010
Literacy Task Cards are organized to match literacy behaviors students apply when reading at the emergent, early and transitional levels. The cards reinforce the students' knowledge of the print-sound code through developmentally appropriate tasks, which are matched to their guided reading groups. Students focus on problem-solving tasks which promote fluency, flexibility and independence. Each new task requires that the students apply their knowledge and skills gained from previous tasks.
Prior Knowledge Assessments Guide Differentiated Instruction
The process of using Literacy Task Cards includes assessing the students’ prior knowledge and using the cards appropriate for the students’ learning needs.
"Teachers use running records and writing samples to document how the more focused practice with specific visual processes is influencing how children are orchestrating multiple sources of information. We use anecdotal notes from reading and writing conferences and the task card’s tasks are aligned to guided reading levels. Again, teachers observe how children are using visual information to make informed decisions about which processes (aligned with task) the children need to think more about."
- Carla Soffos, Literacy Task Cards Author
What Teachers are Saying About Literacy Task Cards
"Literacy task cards are great to use with small groups of students. I've noticed successful improvements in my students while using Literacy Task Cards."
- Aimee Sexton, North Metcalfe Elementary in Kentucky
"Literacy Task Cards can be used as a model for differentiated instruction. After completing running records the teacher can use the cards to teach small groups of students specific tasks. I encourage teachers to use the Literacy Task Cards as a model to develop their own literacy task cards, which are unique to the particular child's needs."
-Reading Specialist with over 30 years of experience.
“I have only been using the task cards (transitional level) for a short time but have found them to be a great addition to my literacy block. I use them primarily with my higher more independent readers. It gives them a chance to independently work on skills that I only have time to minimally cover in small group. I am looking forward to using the Emergent cards soon with my struggling readers in small group and eventually as an independent activity. I feel the cards help the children in my class stay focused and on task independently for longer periods of time.”
-Nikki Burke, (2/3 SAGE), Schenk Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin.
To schedule a visit from the authors of the Literacy Task Cards, e-mail Carla Soffos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books to Read about Literacy
- Apprenticeship in Literacy
- Scaffolding Young Writers
- Shaping Literate Minds
- Teaching for Deep Comprehension
Learn More About Literacy Task Cards Now
The Teaching Resource Center provides on-line videos and articles to help teachers learn more about using Literacy Task Cards.
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How to Order a Complete Kit of Literacy Task Cards
- Word Building KitIncludes all manipulatives and organizational materials (letters, labels and baskets).
- Literacy Task Cards Set 2 - Vocabulary Development: All 3 Levels