Monday, October 12, 2015

October Themed Task Boxes {and a Giveaway!}

I don't typically dedicate many task boxes to theme specific activities. Because I keep such a large amount of boxes available to myself for planning I'd have to find storage space (that I'm out of) for activities when I swap them out for themed ones. This has always seemed like more trouble to me than it was worth.


HOWEVER. Yes, there is a however. At the start of this year I added an "art cart" to our classroom. One side is for our art projects and the other side I put more task boxes on. I've decided to dedicate this section of boxes to themed activities. This way I have a designated section where I can swap out activities and then store them in my seasonal tubs and take them out each year as needed. The photo above is said cart. Not all the bins were full when I snapped this photo, but now they are.

Now I'll share a photo of what is in each box-- these posts tend to get a little lengthy, but perfect for getting ideas for your own classroom. They ended up being mostly sorting tasks, but you could also make modifications to turn these into matching tasks as well.

I was super excited about this idea when it dawned on me. I always see awesome stickers/felt objects for holiday themes but never know quite how to incorporate them into task boxes. Then it hit me- bottle caps! You could also use water bottle caps too. Just stick them on top and then place one sticker in the bottom of a container for sorting. The two boxes below are both sorting by color; green eyeballs vs. blue eyeballs and orange pumpkins vs. yellow pumpkins.




I forgot that this one was a put in task. You could make it a sorting task by adding hole protectors around the holes in the lid and coloring them for the colors of the pipe cleaners. I kept this just simple, they have to place the pipe cleaners into the holes in the top of the container.



I've since added more white pom-poms to this sorting activity, I needed to borrow some from another teacher! I found these small containers at Family Dollar and was so excited-- perfect for Halloween sorting! AND they were 3 of each color for $1. Great deal!



I also found these Halloween colored containers and erasers at Dollar General. Seriously, if a store carries anything Halloween scope out those isles! These containers have Halloween pictures/words on the sides so I probably won't re-purpose them like I can the others from the previous picture, but again 3 of each color for $1!


I took some existing materials I already had, ice cube tray and ghost erasers, and this box was super simple to put together. Simply place one ghost in each spot. I have another box like this with pom-poms. I think it's a great "pre-cursor" for one to one correspondence.



For these next few boxes I used cards from my shape sorting packs. I just did 2 shapes for each box, but the great thing with these are you can increase the amount of shapes students are sorting depending on their stamina for the work.




These last two boxes are also from an existing {FREEBIE} I have. Sorting pumpkins by color. I did 3 colors on this one because I know my kiddos can sort colors a little faster than shapes.



If you are interested in grabbing the shape sorting cards, click {here} to go to the bundle. If you want to download the free color sorting pumpkins, click {here}.

AND while I still have your attention (I hope) I'm also going to share with you about a great giveaway! Mrs. D's Corner is giving away her fall favorites and we all want you to win!
 
Just follow the Rafflecopter below to enter!



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3 comments

Coley said...

My favorite thing about fall is all the fun units (bats, pumpkins, apples, etc.) that you get to teach. I am also a sucker of fall leaves and apple picking.

Lori Raines said...

I love the leaves turning color

Ellen Coan said...

I love the cooler days!

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