Special Education Activities for Elementary
Are you looking for more special education activities for elementary students? Remember that the needs of children in special education will be different than in general education. This means planning as a special education teacher will look very different also. We aren't going to get to follow one math curriculum for all of our students for the entire year. We won't all be reading the same book. But we have fun and learn a lot in my classroom.
I don't teach elementary students currently but that is how I began my teaching career. The best part about elementary students is they generally have a love for learning like being at school and doing lots of hands-on activities. Today I want to tell you about my 2 favorite special education activities for elementary students that I used in my classroom. One activity is for ELA and the other is for math.
#1- Math Task Boxes
Did you know that task boxes are actually perfect for students at any age? Did you also know that you could totally incorporate independent work centers even with students as young as kindergarten? This is where I use task box activities the most but you can even use them for small group instruction or morning work.
Task boxes have always been a favorite of mine because they are just much more fun than boring worksheets! Whenever I get out task boxes for my students, I notice that they don't really complain about the work that they have to do. Maybe when kids get to do fun, engaging, and hands-on activities, they don't see it as work?
These math task boxes can be used all school year. I have created these specifically with special needs students in mind, to provide proprioceptive feedback while learning new skills. These task boxes are fun and engaging and keep kids wanting to learn and practice skills over and over again. Each task fits perfectly in a small photo box or a crayon storage box.
#2- ELA Task Boxes
Okay, you know that I love using task boxes in my classroom. Surprise! The next special education activity for elementary students is ELA task boxes. The ELA ones are great because you can really narrow down the specific IEP goals for students. This way you can teach a new skill during whole group or small group reading. Then, during independent work centers or morning work, students can focus on individualized skills. Use these with students in kindergarten-5th grade, depending on their IEP goals.
There is 64 task cards total, which means lots of time to rotate through them. These ELA task boxes focus on skills such as author's purpose, reading comprehension, cause and effect, character traits, CVC words, rhyming, nouns, contractions and so much more! There are 4 sets total in the bundle or you can just grab the individual set that you need.
FREE Task Boxes to Try
Do you really love task boxes and want to implement them in all areas of your special ed classroom? Then check out The Academic Task Box Bundle!