3 Touch-Free Ways to Use Task Cards in Your Classroom

Task cards are an effective, fun, and easy way to allow students additional opportunities to practice the skills that they need to know. This school year has offered challenges on using task cards with students since sharing items is not highly recommended. No need to fret! You can STILL use these awesome learning tools for instruction and high engagement. Here are 3 touch-free ways to use task cards in your classroom!

These tips will give all of your students a chance to view the skills and challenges while keeping each of them safer and germ-free.

1. Post Them on Your Classroom Walls

2 Famous People in Black History task cards displayed on a white concrete wall.  Both cards show a clipart image of an African American girl wearing glasses and a red sweater.  There are clues for students to figure out on each card.  Showing teachers how they can limit students' touching of task cards while using them for instruction.

Just grab some Mauvelous tape and your favorite task cards. Then, place them all around your classroom on the walls. Print a recording sheet for each student. Or, you can have students record their answers in a notebook or journal to reduce the need for printing.

Post Them On the Walls Outside of Your Classroom, Too

Two task cards with clipart of an African American boy wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt, holding a book in his hands.  A clue to famous African Americans in history are on each card. Giving ideas for keeping task cards touch-free for students.
Taping task cards to the wall outside of your room is game-changing! Students have additional space to move around and it gives them more autonomy as they navigate the cards more independently.

Using the Back of Classroom Doors Can Help Keep Task Cards Touch-Free

Three task cards with clipart of an African American boy wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt, holding a book in his hands are posted to the back of a door.  Giving teachers ideas for how to make task cards touch-free for student engagement.  A clue to famous African Americans in history are on each card.
Get creative! Use the back of your doors and cabinets if you have limited wall space.

2. Use Your Furniture to Your Advantage to Limit Student Touching

Three task cards with clipart of an African American girl wearing a black skirt, a red sweater and glasses are attached to metal baskets.  The baskets are arranged in a pattern of red, turquoise, and red.  Showing ways to make task cards touch-free for students. A clue to famous African Americans in history are on each card.
I secured the cards to my teacher baskets.

3. Use Cubbies to Limit Touching

An image of a task card attached to a bright yellow book bin inside of a student cubby.  Showing ways to make task cards touch-free for students. The card has a clue to a famous African American in history on it.
I attached this card to a plastic bin that I use for student workbooks.

These tips aren’t just great for elementary students. These ideas are great for middle and high school students, too! (Maybe not the part about using cubbies, though. LOL)

I hope that you found these tips on 3 touch-free ways to use task cards in your classroom helpful. I just wanted to share a few ideas that might help to make this school year feel more “do-able”. Feel free to leave a comment to let me know if any of these ideas worked well for you. You can also share any tips that you have found easy and effective.

Bonus Idea for Being Touch-Free

An image of a task card with an African American girl wearing khaki pants and a pink shirt and glasses under a Hover Cam. Showing ways to make task cards touch-free for students. There is text written on the card.  It's a clue to a famous African American.
Use a HoverCam to display your task cards directly onto your screen. I have a Promethean Board in my classroom that I can project information onto.

Staying touch-free just requires a little extra thinking outside of the box. You can focus on a few specific skills, events, or individuals for research by using your Hover or Docu’ cam with your task cards. This will require you to manipulate the cards yourself. You’ll have a different, attention-getting way to engage your students.


I’m sharing a post that I wrote a few years ago that still brings a smile to my heart. You can read about the activity that I did with my students here.

The task cards that are featured in this post are from my resources:

Famous African Americans in History Scoot With QR Codes

Famous African Americans in History Scoot With QR Codes Set 2


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Have a wonderful week! Remember to take time for yourself!

A Pinterest pin image for the blog post "3 Touch-Free Ways to Use Task Cards in Your Classroom" on teach met.com. An image of 2 young girls in a classroom holding clipboards in their hands.  One is blond and wearing large fun "learning glasses" and the other has tan skin and black hair and is wearing the same glasses.
Don’t forget to pin this image so that you can share these tips with others and refer back to it for ideas!
The signature line "Tania" for signing off from my post.

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