Question Instacards for Tried it Tuesday

This was a great Tuesday - signs of spring weather, I was walking downtown Toronto with no coat and now we are under a severe winter weather advisory. NOOOOOO!!!!

So I am deep breathing and taking a few minutes to link up with my friend Holly at the Fourth Grade Flipper for...

Last week I tried Spring Question Cards - Instacards from Double Trouble.  What are these cards you may ask, they are 32 question cards related to spring and spring holidays. They are fabulous for generating conversations between students, practicing accountable turn and talk strategies and as writing prompts.

I used these cards as a wee bit of a time filler (gasp, I know, I do not have every minute of the day accounted for!). They are perfect. We returned from an assembly 15 minutes before lunch - too early to call it quits but not enough time to get into a major activity, the perfect amount of time for question cards. I gave cards to half of my students and then partnered them up. After a few minutes they switched partners. I love these cards because they include that sneaky little three letter word, WHY!

The next day I used the cards as quick writing prompts. Every student got a card - and they were so excited to see some of the ones they loved from the day before - and two minutes to write about it.

I must say I love quick writes - I use a timer and give them a little count down (30 seconds, 15 seconds, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1). I love the ugh! noises that accompany the timer going off. I also love seeing students try to slyly continue writing - like they are pulling off a great feat - writing after the timer went off.

Here we are in action:

The last picture is from a super reluctant and slow writer - but not with this activity!! After two minutes they switched cards in their table groups. They were so excited to see what their next card was - and they were all on the look out for the card asking what the Easter Bunny would taste like!

If you have not picked up a Question Card set (I have two now) I recommend taking a look.

Also, I need to announce the winners of the Pin It to Win It contest from Saturday. I said I would announce Monday, knowing I would be away from home at that time - so I apologize. The winners are:

Jenny from Suntans and Lesson Plans and Susan from Lopez Land Learners - I will send the file out shortly (after I go buy my tax program before the storm hits!!)

If you are interested in the cards you may want to check out my TPT store on 3.14 day when all math items will be on sale!!


  1. Those question cards are adorable! So exciting to see your reluctant writer so excited! I bet you're a proud teacher! Another storm? We needed sunscreen today...just saying!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. I liked the idea of a fast write - two minutes and switching! I think that would get many of my students up and going... I used to do something similar called a "writing marathon" but all the topics were student created. I like this idea at least give students some suggestions and it keeps it fresh!

    Might have to check these out for something fun to do towards the end of the year!

    Thanks for sharing,
    My Shoe String Life

  3. AWESOMENESS! I'm so glad your kids loved doing the Spring question cards. I am giggling at the kids wanting the one that asks what the Easter Bunny tastes like. I will have to tell my little friend that came up with that question. He will be ecstatic just knowing that kids so many miles away from us are answering his question! I'm sure he will want to know the exact mileage too. Lol! I will need to try the quick writes with my kiddos! Stay warm and pop some popcorn! XOXO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. AWW WHAT A GREAT WAY TO INCORPORATE THE CARDS! I love all of your pictures and detailed ideas.

  5. Love that the students talked one day and wrote the important to clarify your thoughts before you pick up the pencil!

  6. I love the idea of writing for just two minutes and then switching the cards!! Aren't those cards great because they work in so many spring themes? I really enjoyed the pictures of your students writing too! Awesome!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  7. Your post made me think that spring might actually arrive! Your question card product looks like such fun! I am all in favor of anything that will get kids writing!

    Hope the winter storm missed you....We were spared here in southeastern Wisconsin. I actually saw three robins this week. YES!!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings


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