Tangrams Activities for Autism and Special Education

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K - 3rd
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Tangram craft projects and writing activities for special education, autism, and differentiated instruction. Simple projects with several classroom writing activities. Perfect for ABA, for special education classrooms, for occupational therapy, and even for regular education.

Learn about tangrams with information worksheet. Find the shapes in tangrams. Print tangram patterns on construction paper (cut construction paper 8.5" x 11" before putting in printer). Then cut tangrams to make shapes. Place shapes on one of 5 tangram animals (fish, dog, turtle, fox, horse).

Differentiated writing activities for tangrams is a major part of this activity. Simplest activity - trace outline letters for each word. Simple outline trace and copy sentences included. Practice words in handwriting lines. Picture-word support for low readers. Highest level - use word banks to write about tangrams. Tangram worksheets with word bank support.

I use this file with students with autism and special needs. I set it up at the beginning of the week, and then work with each student throughout the week. Because it is set up, I can differentiate to work with every child I see in therapy. Students with low level skills can make the project and do the outline trace or trace and copy word cards with picture support. Students in K - 1st can do all of the activities and benefit from the picture word support. I have used this with teens with moderate autism - they can do most of the higher level activities with help. My specialty is differentiating curriculum and working on handwriting, fine motor and writing generalization skills. Please see the preview to determine how you would incorporate these activities into your classroom or therapy. I would love to hear feedback for how you use these activities!

The Fine Motor Store has more Cut and Write, Outline Trace and Write and differentiated writing activities for each season and different themes. You can find these differentiated writing activities in The Fine Motor Store and add your own project!

I hope you enjoy the tangram craft activities, as well as the writing activities! Perfect for ABA, for special education classrooms, for occupational therapy, and even for regular education.

If you want more writing activities with differentiated instruction, please visit The Fine Motor Store. My other favorite writing files with differentiated instruction are:

Special Education Sentences Bundle

Also available are "Cut and Write Sentences:

Writing: Back to School Cut and Write Sentences

Writing - FALL CUT AND WRITE Sentences with Dolch sight words!

Handwriting: Valentine Cut Glue and Write Picture Word Sentence for Center Time

Also check out other picture word sentences for K-1st or special education:

Handwriting: Picture Word Sentences for Special Needs Writing Practice

Autism and Special Education: TWEEN Picture/Word Circle and Write Sentences

Holiday/Winter Circle, Draw and Write Sentences with Word Pictures

Handwriting: Spring Themed Circle and Write Picture Word Sentences

Picture Word Sentences for K - 1st or Special Education - MONSTER THEMED!

Created by Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR from The Handwriting Clinic/First Strokes Products. This file probably took the longest to write, of all my products - I spent months and months on drawing pictures to support this one . As I completed pictures, I tried this out in centers with students, and the results were very exciting for beginning learners, and especially for students with special needs. Enjoy!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.


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