You have made 2012 a great year for me and for that, I am incredibly humbled & thankful!! Each year I try to make (& keep) a New Year's resolution that will make my classroom more successful. This year's resolution is to use my classroom materials in a more purposeful and sequential order.
Over the years, I have collected a significant amount of task boxes & work systems. As you can imagine, I often forget what I have and use the same things over and over just because I get stuck in a rut. My plan for 2013 is to develop a Scope & Sequence to use the task boxes in a progressive order throughout the school year as the children gain skills. The Scope & Sequence will support students as their fine motor, literacy, math and social skills advance.
|My collection of task boxes and |
work systems, each boxes contains
one to five tasks.
|The tubs above the cabinets hold over-|
sized tasks of various subject areas
and skill levels.
To kickoff the list, here is a terrific Academic Sensory Bag Task Box. This is a great way to desensitize children to touching soft, squishy textures. It also provides children with an opportunity to strengthen their fine motor skills as they squeeze objects to specific places in the sensory bags.
Use a Foodsaver machine to make sensory bags. All you need to do is to add various manipulatives and ingredients to the bags. This example features counting bears and hair gel. But you truly could use anything. Get creative!! For texture, I have used playdough, flour, glitter, sand and hair gel. For manipulatives, I have using plastic counting items, beads, buttons, plastic toys, small party favors, foam letters, numbers and shapes.
See the fun examples below to get you started!!
| In this example, students have to use their color matching |
skills to move the bears to the correct colored homes.
|In this example, students work on the skill of walking in a line |
as they move the bears into the school by pinching them
across the black line.