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Adaptive Work Binder

Happy October! I hope everyone is having a great school year.

When I first started teaching special education I struggled with how to organize tasks for my students. One year I created tasks and placed them in bins- my students had a reading bin, a writing bin, a math bin, a functional skills bin. I wish I had a picture because looking back my bin system was a hot mess! 

I started keeping my tasks in a binder and I find this system much easier to manage. What's is great about it is I can easily add and remove pages/ tasks for my student's individual binders. The binders themselves are easy to store (I use a bookcase). The binders are also easy to transport my students can bring their binder/ tasks to the general education classroom, or home to complete a task as homework or practice. 

The tasks I created for the binder help build my student's independence. I compiled 353 pages of tasks into a huge Adaptive Work Binder.

Parts of this pack are editable.
The first part of this pack is about your student's personal information:

There are pages in the pack for students to trace and match their first name.

 There is a page in the pack for students to practice their address. 

There is a page in the pack for students to practice how old them are/ their birthday information.

There are many sorting activities in the pack.  In the pictures below you can see the sorting between two fields . Many pictures are included in the pack so once your students have mastered sorting the objects in their binders add different objects by switching pieces between your students binders.

Other color matching activities are included. I created pages for students to match 3D objects to their binders. I created color matching sheets with Popsicle sticks, counting bears, and cubes.

In order to make this more manageable I store the Popsicle sticks, bears, and cubes in my student's pencil pouches. When my student's are completing a matching activity they take out their sticks, bears, or cubes and match.

In the pencil pouch I also keep an erasable marker and a dry erase eraser in the pouch for tracing activities. 

Some of the pages are created for just matching colored objects.
To make the pages more challenging some of the cubes/ bears were left blank for your students to begin patterning.

Other matching activities include matching shapes. I chose two dimensional and some three dimensional shapes for the shape matching activities. 

Activities included are matching shapes (three on the page)

I also included pages for matching shapes to one large shape. When my students have difficulty matching shapes I set up their binders like the picture below. This way my students can match without the fear of being wrong. As my students get more proficient in matching I mix up the pieces on the left hand side of the page creating the opportunity for my students to receptively match the small pieces the larger shape. 

Other matching activities include matching objects. I begin with having my students match identical objects. I find that this activity helps in their ability to scan the whole page and look for a match.

After my students become proficient on scanning and finding identical objects I add non identical object pages to their binders. I find this helps in my student's generalization skills. For example, students are required to match a green and yellow apple to a red apple.

Other matching pages include functional signs and transportation vehicles. 

This binder also includes practice in activities for daily living.

Students have to look at the picture, gauge the temperature, and decide what to wear based on the weather.

I believe learning coins and their values is such an important skills. Even though our world is using credit cards more and more I cannot send my kiddos off without some practice in coin identification. 
Matching front and backs of coins are included in this pack as well as pages to match coin values.

I also practicing telling time with my students. This pack includes activities for matching time to the hour and the 1/2 hour, both analog and digital clocks are included.

I also created a page for drawing the time on a clock. The page is editable so the teacher can decide to work on telling time to the hour, 1/2 hour, or 5 minutes.

There are also sorting/ categorizing pages included in this pack. 

I created "Does it Belon"g setting sorting sheets. Each setting has pieces that belong in the settings and those that don't. 

Other category sorting activities include important concepts including full vs. empty, big vs. small, boys vs. girls.

There are many math activities included in this pack. 

In addition to matching numbers to ten frames, and matching numbers there are many other math activities.

One of the activities in the pack is matching numbers 1-20 to a set.

Also included is matching numbers 1-5, 1-10, and 1-20.

Tracing numbers 0-9
There are also literacy activities included in the pack. 

Matching lowercase letters to lowercase letters.

Matching uppercase letters to uppercase letters.
Also included is matching lowercase letters to uppercase letters. 

The pack also has pages devoted to individual letter page. 

Tracing uppercase and lowercase letters
When my students learn sight words I add them to my student's binders for additional practice. 
This editable sight word sheet allows you to add in your student's individual sight words. 
I also included sight word matching sheets including color words.

To purchase the pack and see the full list of pages included in this pack click here!

How do you organize independent tasks in your classroom?

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