If you have been following my blog for a while, then you know I love to use a ton of different items for our independent work areas for students. In the past, I’ve taught in classrooms in which a lot of my students were still working on basic skills such as color matching, sorting, counting, etc. When a student mastered a skill, I would immediately add tasks that focused on that skill into their independent work systems so they could retain the newly mastered skills. Below you can see some of my favorite tasks from the past few years. I frequent dollar tree, walmart, target, rite aid/walgreens, and dollar general (especially after the holidays for the clearance) to get supplies for work tasks.
One thing I love to use in my math and reading groups are file folders, flip book tasks, and counting books. A lot of students lack the motivation to complete their work. Besides earn charts (I am working on a post about these), I like to use a variety of colorful, themed activities to teach skills versus worksheets. I mean, I do love a good interactive cut and paste worksheet too, don’t get me wrong, and my students complete these at other stations that are led by a teacher assistant or independently. But, I feel like while I have one on one time with a student, I need to be fun and the tasks needs to be engaging and somewhat appealing to do.