Independent skills are a must-have in any special education classroom. In fact, the more independent skills we can teach and promote, the better! I have a total of four independent centers in my classroom but my favorite is this independent task box center.
Keep reading to learn how my students use this center and what activities are inside of my bins!
My visuals are from Simply Special Ed however, The Autism Helper has this very same setup that can be found here.
Each area/symbol on my boxes have different subjects and work tasks as follows:
Shapes = Fine Motor
- Empty bottles/containers with small materials such as:
- Pencils and cap erasers
The idea of these “put in” style tasks is for the student to open the container and use a pincer grasp or tongs to push items through the opening. These tasks work on hand strength, eye coordination, and crossing midline as well as important life skills (opening containers)! These tasks are also great for building behavioral momentum for the center.
Letters = ELA
Numbers = Math
- Errorless “put in” tasks geared towards math
- Color Shape Matching Eggs
- Colored Craft Stick Sorting Box – this one I made myself
- The Autism Helper’s assorted task cards using clothespins
- Matching cards/books from Especially Education’s Made for Me Math
My classroom alternates tasks frequently, especially our work boxes. I like to use these photo storage containers to help keep and store our work boxes. They are such a great organizational tool! The task boxes that are on the shelves for student use are stored in these clear shoe storage boxes.
To take another in-depth look at my independent task box center, watch my YouTube video below, and for a comprehensive tour of my classroom, check out this video!
What questions do you have? Do you have an independent task box center in your classroom? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!