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This product includes 7 file folder (or 14 single-page) sorting activities that are designed to be laminated and reused. Labels are provided at the end of this package for use with file folders. For each these, the 2 background pages can be mounted on the inside of the file folder and laminated. Or you can laminate them as pages and keep them in a binder. This would allow you to mix and match the categories that are being sorted or have the student sort across multiple categories (e.g., clothes, animals, food and furniture). The following are the file folders included:
--Animals that live on land and in the water
--What do you see in the sky and What do you see on land
--What do you see in the Ocean and What do you see in the sky
--What belongs at the beach and what belongs in the classroom
--What belongs on the playground and what belongs in the classroom
--Sorting Animals, furniture, clothes, and food —these can be set up as 2 file folders, as 4 separate binder pages to increase the field of sorting up to 4, or could be printed several times to develop 6 file folders of 2-category sorting of: animals / furniture; animals / clothes; animals / food; furniture / clothes; furniture / food; clothes / food
There are also 22 sorting worksheets in which students can cut and paste items into the appropriate column. Each worksheet has a picture cue about what type of items should be placed in each box. The worksheets are provided in color but all print quite well in black and white if you are conserving color ink. They also will photocopy well. These worksheets are designed to provide permanent products / work samples to demonstrate mastery of the sorting skills. However, they could also be put in file folders and laminated with Velcro to be reusable.
Students with autism and other language delays and disorders need explicit instruction in vocabulary beyond simply naming items. One way that we address this is to work on receptive and expressive characteristics of items and actions. Specifically we work on features (i.e., adjectives like color, size etc.), function (i.e., what we use it for) and class (i.e., categories it can fall into). This set of activities was developed to help students practice these skills in a variety of ways in addition to the explicit instruction of them. Teaching vocabulary using a variety of materials and interventions is important to assure that students generalize their skills.
For more ideas for working with students with autism, check out my blog at Autism Classroom News.
For more autism-related resources, check out Weather Kids
Receptive Vocabulary Sorting for Autism: File Folders and Worksheets by Christine Reeve is copyrighted for single classroom or caseload use only. This product may not be resold and can be copied for personal use within a classroom only. If extra copies are needed throughout a school district, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for prices.
© Christine Reeve 2014