Organization Lessons and Activities for Executive Functioning Skills

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Pathway 2 Success
Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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Great resource for such an important skill! I did this lesson with my 5th grade (soon to be 6th grade) students before they went off to middle school.
A great resource for students who struggle with emotional regulation, peer interaction and executive functioning skills.


Use these 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.

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A digital version is also included for use in Google Slides and Google Classroom. Students can work through the activities digitally!

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.

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