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Why I Love Using Task Card Boxes in the Classroom

I love using task card boxes in the classroom because they have helped me organize my classroom materials. 

In general, I could be a more organized teacher. In fact, I would say I am a type B teacher trying to be a type A teacher. I prefer a neatly organized classroom, but it doesn’t come naturally to me.

Over the years, I’ve focused more on organizing my classroom. I have found that the simpler the system is, the easier it is to use! One of my friends lives by the motto, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” So, enter task card boxes. They help me find a place for some of my “everythings”. 

Picture of task card boxes with text that reads, "organization win!"

What are Task Card Boxes? 

Task card boxes are actually 4×6 photo boxes. However, so many teachers use these photo boxes to organize their task cards, you can search “task card boxes” and find them. (Hint: searching photo boxes does pull up way more results). 

My favorite task card boxes come in a container to organize the boxes themselves. This helps me organize my task card boxes, too. 

So How Can Task Card Boxes in the Classroom Keep You Organized? 

Organize your task cards

As the name implies, I love using my task card boxes for the different task cards I use throughout the school year. A quarter sheet of paper (the usual size of task cards) fits perfectly in the boxes. 

For the task cards that are part of a set, I love using the photo box container to hold the task card boxes. To maximize storage space, I cut a piece of construction paper into quarters and use this as a divider for 2 sets of task cards in one box. I also make sure to label the top of the boxes so I know what is inside.

Picture of open task card box with 2 sets of task cards separated by a piece of construction paper
Maximize your storage by using a piece of construction paper to separate task card sets. I love grouping the same type of task cards in a single box. For example, these division 2 truths and a lie cards make sense to store with fact family symbol task cards.

Sometimes I also put individual task card boxes with my unit. I like to use drawers to keep all my materials for each unit together. Task card boxes can easily slip into the drawer. Other teachers who use bins can drop their task card boxes in there, too. 

Picture of task card box in a drawer of materials with text that reads "task card boxes are easy to store."

If you use a file cabinet or digital files the photo box container can help you organize these boxes. Be sure to clearly label the individual boxes and create a contents page that lists everything in the container and the color task box card your individual task cards are placed in. 

Hold Recess Materials

Recess materials tend to have small pieces that can easily be lost. For example, my students have different board games with different pieces, puzzle pieces, or building blocks. Many of these small items can be stored in task card boxes. For example, I use them to store hashtag blocks from the Target dollar spot. They also work great for Connect 4 pieces, checkers, or other game board pieces. The best part of this organization is that students can easily grab the boxes for indoor recess and quickly put materials away again, too. 

Picture of task card boxes with dice and playing cards
Even though the boxes are colored, they are still pretty transparent and you can easily see what is stored inside each box.

Store Student Supplies

Just like for smaller recess pieces, task card boxes also work great for storing some student supplies.  Some examples of materials I have found work great for task card boxes in the classroom are:

  • Erasers 
  • Crayons
  • Dice 
  • Counters 
  • Base ten blocks (only 2 hundred slabs per box) 
Picture of base ten blocks and math counters in task card boxes

Once again, I know that being able to find materials and put them away quickly makes me more likely to keep my materials organized. For that reason, I like to keep many of these materials close to my guided reading table or in containers that are easy to move around the classroom as needed. 

Organize Office Supplies

The boxes also work great for office supplies. I love using them to store paper clips and rubber bands. I have a couple of boxes with paper clips around my room based on where I often need them. It is easy to quickly open a box and drop in a few paper clips. I also have them to store students’ lunch cards and tickets to give out for good behavior.

Paper clips in task card box

Task Card Boxes in the Classroom for Easy Organization 

Task Card Boxes are one of my go-to ways to organize my classroom. If it is something smaller, I usually reach for the task boxes. What other ways can task card boxes be used to help with organization? I would love to hear any other ideas! 

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