The contents of the box are various activities that the student can work on while in the inclusion classroom, when the work being done by the class may be too much or when the class has some free choice or independent centers. The items are often review and activities that I have already provided direct instruction with. The box I currently have set up is for a Kindergarten student so that activities I am going to share are based around that particular students needs.
The Essentials:The first thing I always include is a pencil box (or a zipper pouch) with dry erase markers, an eraser, a die, and sometimes pencils/crayons. I also may include fun erasers or counters. I try to make sure that everything needed to complete the tasks is in the box. This makes it easier for the adult working with the student and the student to stay on task.
The first thing I have is a number puzzle. This is just a basic puzzle that I bought at the dollar store. Sometimes my student does this for fun, sometimes to practice their number identification.
The next activity is self-correcting puzzles that I found on the giveaway table a few year ago. The student has to count the dots and match with the correct number. At this time, we do hand over hand to help the student count the dots.
Another number activity is simply the numbers 1 - 10 that can be traced with dry erase markers. The numbers are printed 1 to a page and put into sleeve protectors. I then put all of the pages into a binder.
Other times during the year I may include shapes, count a clip cards, and simple addition activities.
Language Arts Activities:
This particular student is still working on letter recognition so they have a letter puzzle, again from the dollar store.
There is also 2 sets of uppercase letter cards that allow the student to match letter to letter.
Another activity is the prewriting pages. I have various levels of difficulty of these and I have ones for different themes and times of the year.
The last thing includes is another binder. This one has all of the letters of the alphabet for the student to practice tracing.
I also include a folder that has simple worksheets in it that can be used as needed. These include tracing practice, cutting practice, number identification, letter identification or anything else that I may add in there.
Do you keep anything particular in classes where your students are in the inclusion setting?