Saturday, March 19, 2016

Jelly Bean Task Mats

When I came across these jelly bean erasers in the Target Dollar Spot the gears started turning right away! I loved the idea of creating a resource that allowed you to work 1:1 with a student to test a variety of skills, or focus on just one skill.

Then I thought, wait, wait, wait. Not all Dollar Spots have the same items and when it comes to some things, if you don't come across them in the first few days, you can miss out on a great find. So I knew not everyone would have these erasers, but may still want the task mats.

So instead of just focusing on the 4 colors included in the erasers, I made the activities to include the colors of a traditional bag of candy jelly beans as well. Now you can complete these tasks with either the erasers or the candy.

There are six different tasks included, some tasks have more than one activity page. I printed mine on regular printer paper and laminated them to be placed inside of report covers. I liked the idea of flipping through the pages like a book as you complete the tasks. The same idea can be achieved with a binder and page protectors. I don't know about you, but I feel like the price of a binder (with the clear view cover), has gotten a little steep, so I wanted to present this idea in a more cost effective way.

Here are some snap shots of the included activities. I ate most of my "research" so most of the example pages are shown with the jelly bean erasers, but the same activities are included for jelly beans and in traditional jelly bean colors.

Some of these activities have more than one activity sheet included. The counting sheets are available with and without colored squares like shown above in the photos. Are task mats something you can see yourself using in your classroom? Head to my TpT store to snag them!