39 Engaging Task Cards for Real-World Learning


Written by Holly (Teach Starter)

Hola! Are you looking for ways to include more real-world learning in your classroom? Put down your enchilada and take a look at our new teaching resource for grades 4-6 – Frida’s Fiesta Restaurant menu and Task Cards. This teaching resource includes a stimulus poster and 39 activity task cards that prompt learning from the Frida’s Fiesta Restaurant menu.

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This teaching resource makes teaching and learning in a real-world context as fun as eating chips and guacamole!

Frida’s Fiesta Explained…

So, what’s this teaching resource all about? Above all, it’s about creating a rich learning experience in a real-world context. It focuses on developing inference and problem solving skills in the context of Frida’s Fiesta – the world’s greatest Mexican-style restaurant!

an engaging stimulus poster and 39 reading comprehension task cards.

The 39 task cards included in this resource have a cross-curricular focus. What’s more, they even include explicit inquiry-based tasks.

Curriculum Links

This teaching resource is ideal to use with students, Grades 4, 5, and 6. So how does this link to the curriculum? Read on to find out…

stimulus poster to develop reading comprehension and inferring skills.

Firstly, this unique teaching resource can be linked to the Literacy curriculum in the learning areas of:

  • Text structure and organization
  • Examining the characteristics of multimodal text
  • Interpreting, analyzing, evaluating
  • Creating texts
  • Engages in inquiry processes for a variety of purposes.

Secondly, your students will engage with ideas and themes from this stimulus poster and answer questions on topics across the curriculum! These brilliant task cards encourage meaningful learning experiences across many learning areas from Mathematics to History and from Health to Visual Arts!

Working across the curriculum has been proven to increase motivation and encourage teamwork. In addition, this approach to learning creates pathways for further discoveries!

Real-World Context

Another reason I am a huge fan of this resource is that it provides students with the opportunity to make connections with the real-world. Your students will draw on their own knowledge and life experience to infer meaning and respond to the challenges on the task cards.  It is so important to make connections with the classroom and the real world because it nurtures our students as life-long learners.

Take for example the mathematics task cards!

39 task cards to develop reading comprehension and inferring skills.

The math task cards included in Frida’s Fiesta encourage students to develop the ability to not only make choices, but also to interpret, formulate, model, and investigate problems. Most importantly, students solve problems in a meaningful situation. Students are given the opportunity to use the math process standards.

How to Set It Up

There are lots of different ways to use these task cards and set up this learning experience.  Firstly, get yourself set up by printing:

  • multiple copies of the Frida’s Fiesta Restaurant menu
  • one or more sets of the task cards (reverse side of task card is optional).

Here are a few critical housekeeping steps for success…

  1. Arrange your class into small mixed ability groups. Try using our Reciprocal Teaching Role Cards to promote students’ reading comprehension.
  2. As a class and in small groups, spend plenty of time reading, unpacking, and decoding the text.
  3. Decide whether to incorporate this activity as part of your reading centers, math centers, or whether to block out a session in your schedule for a whole class focus.
  4. Encourage each group to choose one task card per session. Either allow students to pick at random or guide their choices of task card based on the learning area.

To sum it up, this real-world teaching resource is a beauty!! Frida’s Fiesta Stimulus – Task Cards is an all-rounder that just keeps on giving. Whether it’s done in small groups or as a whole class activity, your students are going to love it!

Shutterstock image by Marish.

So take your students on a virtual adventure to the world’s greatest Mexican-style restaurant – Frida’s Fiesta! There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain!

For more task cards, head to out Task Card collection. Here you’ll find a variety of task cards covering: problem-solving, open-ended tasks, and hands-on activities for students to complete as part of a group or independently. These educational task cards cover a range of topics and learning areas, including Math, Literacy, Science, Social Studies, and STEM.

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