FREE Math Printable Task Box for Special Education
Hello friends! I don’t know about you, but we are ICED in this weekend!
I am not a fan of winter or cold weather, at all! I much prefer a warm beach with ice in a drink, not all over the ground! However, being frozen inside does bring about some fun family time with my kids. I have collaborated with several other teachers to create this super fun collection of penguin activities. I actually made them for my kids at school, but usually field test my teaching resources out on my kids at home first. I can tell you these math printables are totally Kid- Approved!
I use them in task boxes at my school. If you are not familiar with that system, what happens is I teach a skill in our “direct instruction” time and when a student shows mastery I then move the activity to their “Independent work station.”
Notice several key elements to this set up here-
- Color coded bins
- left hand side is the “To-Do” side.
- It is labeled with a green apple, meant to represent “go”
- The student’s work station is clear of visual distractions
- The right hand side is the “Finished” side.
- So that each student only has to manage 1 bin, also because I have limited space, each bin has an apple on each end. One is green to match the “to-do” apple and the other one is red to match the “finished” apple.
In my classroom, each bin is labeled with colored duct tape that I bought on Amazon. Each student’s materials are color coded with that color with all of their personalized materials all throughout my classroom. So their IEP binder and their direct instruction binder both have the same color duct tape. This strategy has really helped the students learn to stay organized.
On the LEFT side of the independent work station is the tasks the students need to do. This is changed out daily, but the only materials in them are ones the student has already mastered. This helps them to maintain skills and also to learn to be independent. They complete their work at the table and then turn the bin around so the red apple shows up and they place the bin on the right hand side of their work station, which is the “finished” side.
This does take a while to get organized but in the long run, it is really beneficial to making a special education classroom run smoothly.
In this activity, students match the correct number word and the dots on the fish bucket to the number on the penguin’s tummy. I had so much fun making this activity! I hope you enjoy it as well!
Browse through this website for other FREE activities.
Snowman Activities (Huge hit with my students!)
For a great DIRECT instruction activity that gets kids up and moving, check out this Giant Hundreds Chart Game!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Penguin Felt Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Penguin Sight Word Game – Editable // Playdough to Plato
How Penguins Stay Warm // Science Kiddo
Penguin Counting Mats // Mom Inspired Life
Penguin Letter Identification Freebie // The Simplified Classroom
Penguin Patterning Mats // Fairy Poppins
Penguin Labeling Printable // Letters of Literacy
Penguin Number Words // My Creative Inclusion
Feeding the Sight Word Penguin // Play & Learn Every Day
Penguin Pre-Writing Tracing Cards // Modern Preschool
Baby Penguin Alphabet Letter Matching // Fun with Mama
Penguin Shapes Roll and Graph // The Kindergarten Connection
Penguin Ice Races // Still Playing School
Penguin Rhyming Game // Sara J Creations
How Do I Feel Emotions Chart // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Penguin Syllable Sort Printable // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Penguin Addition Problem // Recipe for Teaching
Penguin 10 Frame Worksheet // Schooling a Monkey
Penguin Number Puzzles // The STEM Laboratory
Penguin Dice Addition Game // Adventures of Adam