Use these print and digital lessons to get kids' organization skills in shape! Activities focus on understanding organization, how to organize materials and binders, organizing ideas, planning for projects, using tools such as homework planners, calendars, checklists, visual supports, cleaning up after yourself, long-term strategies for organization, and and more. Other skills that impact organization are also addressed, including planning, time management, prioritizing, and self-control.
A digital version is also included for use in Google Slides and Google Classroom. Students can work through the activities digitally!
How to Use
These lessons and activities can be used in large or small groups by the regular education teacher, special education teacher, or other support professional. These materials can also be used during advisory for older students. Detailed educator guides are included with step-by-step instructions for each activity with student objectives and discussion questions. While all students can most assuredly benefit from strategies to strengthen executive functioning and organizational skills, some examples of students most in need include those with ADD/ADHD, Asperger’s Disorder, and Learning Disabilities.
Why Teach Organization Skills?
Organization is a critical executive functioning skill that helps students to complete tasks efficiently and effectively both in and out of school. Kids who struggle with organization might forget homework assignments, not be able to find pages in their binders, keep messy workspaces or lockers, have challenges when planning assignments, struggle to meet deadlines, and more. Simply put, executive functioning skills are necessary life skills.
Table of Contents
Lesson 1: Introduction to Organization
• Activity 1: Organization Boot Camp
• Activity 2: Assess Your Organization
• Activity 3: What it Means to Be Organized
• Activity 4: How Being Organized Helps Me
Lesson 2: Let's Get Organized
• Activity 1: A Place for Everything
• Activity 2: Is This Organized?
• Activity 3: Cleaning Up After Yourself
• Activity 4: Organize It!
• Activity 5: Organize the Space!
Lesson 3: Organizing Your Materials
• Activity 1: Setting Up Your Binders
• Activity 2: Tips for Binder Organization
• Activity 3: Binder Clean Out
• Activity 4: Organizing Your Personal Spaces
• Activity 5: Being Prepared
Lesson 4: Organizing Your Ideas
• Activity 1: Organizing Your Writing
• Activity 2: Using a Graphic Organizer
• Activity 3: Using an Outline
• Activity 4: Organizing a Project
• Activity 5: Organizing Your Day
Lesson 5: Skills that Help with Organization
• Activity 1: Planning
• Activity 2: Time Management
• Activity 3: Prioritizing
• Activity 4: Self-Control
Lesson 6: Tools for Organizational Success
• Activity 1: Routines Make a Difference
• Activity 2: Using a Homework Planner
• Activity 3: Using a Calendar
• Activity 4: Making Checklists
• Activity 5: Visual Supports
• Activity 6: Creating a Homework Kit
Lesson 7: Sticking with Organization
• Activity 1: Weekly Organizing Plan
• Activity 2: Making a Homework Plan
• Activity 3: Certificate of Achievement
Note that both color and black/white options are included.
MORE Executive Functioning Skills
Target executive functioning and study skills necessary for academic success at the middle and high school level. The bundle includes over 300 pages full of lessons, templates, and workbook pages to teach study strategies and ways to improve executive functioning skills. It includes a HUGE selection of my executive functioning and study skills materials in one place.
Materials are for personal and classroom use (not commercial use). To clarify, educators may use materials with their students and/or caseload. Educators, parents, and support professionals may use materials for private tutoring/support with students/clients on a small scale basis. Materials may NOT be used within online paid courses, such as Outschool or Udemy. Please reach out to me with any specific questions on this.
Materials may not be posted freely on the Internet, such as a classroom website or blog. Materials may be shared directly with families and students through Google Classroom and any other password-protected means.
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Disclaimer: These resources and materials are for supplementary support/education purposes and not intended as a replacement for education, counseling, or other necessary supports. Educators, parents, counselors, and others who utilize these materials are encouraged to seek out additional support, as needed.
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