Workbasket Wednesday Link-Up-November 2014

A post about work baskets used in independent work systems for students with autism

It’s hard to believe it is that time again…time for the Workbasket Wednesday Link-up.  So, if you blog please share your work tasks, work boxes, work system tasks in a post and link up–the directions and button are below.  If you don’t blog and want to share, please feel free to share them on my Facebook page or message them to me and I’ll share them.  Either way, hopefully all of us will gain some great ideas to keep work baskets and systems fresh in our classrooms.

This week will be short and sweet.  I wanted to highlight some simple packaging tasks I made with materials from the Dollar Store and a scanner (you could use a photocopier as well).  I had a student who was struggling with counting and I wanted the counting for this middle schooler to be meaningful.  Meaningful means that even if he wasn’t counting independently, he could use that skill to accomplish something.  In his case it could be counting out silverware to set the table or counting out materials to package them on a job.  You know me…always wanting it to be functional.

using a jig to count out pencils and package them in a pencil box as part of a structured work system for students with autism

The first task is one I simply used pencils and a pencil case.  I wanted a student to use a jig to count out 4 pencils to package.  I also had jigs for 2 pencils, 3 and 5 pencils so we could work our way up.  The jig (or template) allowed him to count them out, I added numbers as cues for this student, and then he could scoop the set up and put them in a pencil box. He also had to open and close the pencil box so he worked on some functional fine motor skills too.


A picture of using a jig to count out crayons and package them in a box as part of a structured work system for students with autism

This task was made from crayons I found at the Dollar Store.  I bought a bag of 20 boxes I think for $1 so it was a great deal.  I scanned in the crayons on the copier. I made them black and white so that there wouldn’t be an issue of matching colors.  However, you could do them in color for students who need that level.  Again, match to the jig and then scoop them up and package them.

This picture is a jig for laying out 5 pennies and then putting them in a roll of pennies as part of a structured work system for students with autism

I had another student who was working on counting money and we made various kinds of these templates.  In this one he counts out 5 pennies and then puts them in a container.  He could do this repeatedly with the same penny roll until it was full.  He wasn’t at that point, but the fine motor practice of putting it in the roll was good for him and it allowed him to work up to rolling 50 pennies.

this is a jig for counting out 5 dimes as part of a structured work system for students with autism

Finally I did the same thing with dimes.  This student was working on counting dimes so we didn’t roll them, although we certainly could have.  I just wanted him to work on counting and the matching the right coin mixed it up a bit.  For him I put Velcro under the dimes so that it would stay together when it was put in the finished basket once he was independent and it could go in his work system.

And, if you didn’t catch it the first time I put it up, there is a freebie of a similar set of counting templates in this post focusing on counting out silverware.

UPDATE:  I just put up a freebie HERE of the templates from this post a few more.  Check them out and download them as a thank you for everyone’s support in the bloggy / Facebook / TPT world!

So, want to link up and share your work tasks? Please share them by following the directions below and I will share them on all my social media to get those ideas out there!

Workbasket Wednesday at Autism Classroom News
Workbasket Wednesday at Autism Classroom News

So, do you have workbaskets to share?  Just write a blog post with the guidelines below and link up below.

1.  Write a blog post with pictures of workbaskets (no store links)
2.  Grab the button above and put it in your post to link back to this post
3.  Add your post to the linky below.
4.  Check out the other posts linked up and leave comments if you like them.

If you aren’t a blogger, share your pictures by emailing them to me, pinning them to Pinterest and including the link in the comments below, or sharing them on my Facebook page.

Until next time,


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