Life Skill File Folders For Special Education Classrooms

Hi, it’s Bree from breezy special-ed and today I want to show you a bit of my file folders and how I use them in my classroom, um. So one I love file folder activities because they are easy to store in here. I don’t even know how many file folders, I have probably like close to 70 or more, and they all fit nicely in this crate. Obviously you can store them in a file folder cabinet to you, um, so they’re compact. So that’s always good because we’re always looking to save space in our classrooms right and there’s just so many different things you can do with file folder students always think they’re, a game which I love but they’re, actually learning. So here’s an example of one in my laundry pack on clean or dirty and see it’s just kind of fun and also like real life.

So we have a dresser here and a laundry basket over here and then the student stores, the clothes see. This shirt has a little stain on it, so it would be on the dirty side where these pants are totally clean, so they go on the dresser side, so this is kind of like um, recognizing those subtle differences and then determining attributes like clean or dirty um. Let me show you one from my kitchen file folder set, so here we have turning up the heat using the oven, so this is a scale you might not be able to practice in your classroom, but an important life skill to have so what students do here Is they will just turn the knob from off to the correct degree and it’s kind of hard to see the knob in the camera?

But you can see it pretty good in real life. So then they would turn it to 500 or whatever. It’S sad. And if you wanted to make it easier for some students, you could just have them turn all of the knobs to off he’s. Like you know it’s safe. If the ovens off make sure all of the knobs are off.

So that’s an example. You could do another example from the kitchen set: is this fridge or cabinet tivity, and then we have various different foods for students to store in the fridge or in the cabinet um, let’s see what else do we have in the kitchen? I could show you all right, some like measuring liquids, okay, so this is a matching level, so they’re, just gon na match the color and the right amount, and this one was actually not matched correctly, but you get the point um, so you could see just even In that one set alone for kitchen there’s a ton of different skills that can be worked on uh. I also have a file folder set on groceries skills. I think we’ll just because grocery store is such like a real life skill activity right, but I can work on some really simple skills, so this one stock, the cans, are stocked the shelves, that’s a real vocational activity.

Right, like students can stock the shelves as a job, so here they would have to look closely because it’s the picture on the cannot the can itself and put the cans on the right shelf. Okay. So this is really a matching activity but made of vocational and it’s more age-appropriate for our higher older students and this one snack sort the sizes again just sorting between small and large, so simple skills, but they have a life skill twist um, here’s another matching, one Shopping lists: okay and I added picture support over here, so students can match the picture. There’S also another level of this one without the picture, so they would be reading the word and matching the picture because will they go grocery shopping in the future and how? What will they use to be successful? Will they use a picture list or will they use a word list, so that is excellent practice?

I’M looking at the other grocery store wines, we have some sorting like fruits and vegetables, um, dairy and meats sort and another item match. This is a little bit easier matching than the Kansas. There are all very obvious, there’s also money, one which I had out the other odorous cash register. So there’s two levels of this one to this one, the cash register says a total like twenty dollars and you watch the twenty, the other version of this level. To would say like seventeen dollars and you have to put the higher bill on there so again life skill crammed into this little small file folder.

I pretty much showed you all the grocery store file folders, because I love them, but I’ll not do that to the rest of them. I promise cuz on this video. It would be forever long um, so here’s some money identification.

I love to work on bills with my students, because if they haven’t learned to identify coins, yeah um, they might not. Okay, my students are in high school, so um we work on bills, it’s much more functional and I think it’s easier to recognize too, as they have different colors, where you know coins pennies easy, but the other ones can be tricky. So that’s from money, identification there’s. Also, coins ones like that we have some household sorts, so sorting whether it goes in the living room or the kitchen, have some community sign ones. This one is sorting, enter and do not enter so this one is the sorting level there’s also a matching level with these right under it.

So it works for your students who are matching and your students who are sorting here’s some fun school one sorting between PE and arts, there’s a whole bunch of different ones like that in the school file, folders, here’s the match the dice. I like this one is like a basic number one um, so they can count or match the dice and then there’s also counting the dice I’ll show you one of those okay, so put all the ones that say one here, two three etc and there’s also like Two dice together. How many does that equal um and I just think that’s such a functional way to teach counting, because that our students can play games and they can count those and have that all work out.

Um, let’s see what else we had here’s another one from the community sign ones that I like men in women’s restroom, sort because that’s pretty important and there’s all these different kinds of bathroom signs, because they all look different, but they all are similar. As you know, um another one i really like here is my time set on this. One has color support for students who are working on recognizing the numbers, but then they can practice their time skills just like everyone else, but it might be more of a color match until they are ready to move on to the next level.

There’S analogs like that to here’s an analog match you can see, they just match the correct clock to the correct spot and then obviously there’s more advanced ones. Okay – and I didn’t show you very many from the laundry section this one – I love it’s color coding like how often do we work on color matching skills with our students, but by the time they get to high school can seem a little elementary school. So here is sorting by color for clothes um.

I know quite a few of my students have jobs in thrift stores and a lot of time strip stores like to organize by color. So that’s a super fun and functional way to work on sorting colors um. A couple other ones from the laundry wine are like sorting, hats and shoes, sorting laundry between whites and colors; okay, so those are just some of my totally awesome file. Folders. So do you have a file folder station in your classroom? Do you love it um?

If not, maybe think about starting one, my students always seem to think they’re games, so they love to play them it’s great to pull out when you have an emergency meeting or an emergency situation to deal with and your parents are taking over or you have sub Just say: hey: everyone can do some file folders. If you end up with some extra time at the end of the activity, you can use file folders for that you can use file folders for work boxes, really a ton of different things, um. So now a couple ways to store your file folders or to prop them for students. I guess what I’m saying like right before you give it to a student, what you do so you can um just right before you do it just take all the pieces off and kind of shove them in the middle if you’re not ready for them to open It yet if they’re in a work box, no big deal you just kind of let them float or that’s what I did. It always seemed to work for me um, but some people might not be able to do that all the time. So another option is to use little sandwich bags and just put a piece of velcro on the back, and then you can put your pieces in the bag and then I’ll, throw it to anywhere on the file folder, and then students can just open it up.

Grab all the pieces out of the file, folder and or out of the baggie and they’ll be ready to go so the asset good option for a lot of people. You know, especially if they want to prep a whole bunch at once. But then, of course, you have to take them all off and put them into the bag beforehand. So it’s just whatever works for you, um and really giving the file folders to the students and getting them ready to go is super quick.

What does take the most time is actually prepping the file folders and getting them ready to go um. So real, quick, I’ll kind of show you or just tell you how I do that so um. First, what you’re going to do is um cut out the label at the top part and glue those on I like to use a stick glue because it makes it nicer on the file, folder and then you’re going to take the two like pieces of paper and Just glue them inside after you’re done that you can get them laminated. If you have a big school laminator.

That is the best way to go. If not there’s different ways, you can do it at your personal home laminator, just search, google and you’ll find a few different ways. Some people like to cut the file folder in half and do it twice. Some people just have to trim a little bit off the edge.

It depends on your laminator, but there are ways to do it at home and then there will be separate pages of these pieces that you add on. So you will laminate those separately and then you just have to cut them all out and add velcro, but I get the velcro dots off the Amazon um. It will save your life.