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An Easy Office Work Task Box: Independent Work Inspiration

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Independent Work Inspiration: Paper Collating in Envelopes: Easy Office Work Task

This easy office work task box is great choice for students in transition and vocational programs. Students practice following visual cues on the envelopes to assemble packages in mailing envelopes. I like this task because it’s particularly cheap and easy to assemble. It requires limited prep and can be put together quickly in an infinite set of combinations. That makes it perfect for students who tend to memorize what you give them.

Independent Work Inspiration: Paper Collating in Envelopes: Easy Office Work Task

Easy Office Work Task Box: Who Are They For?

I would use these office work task boxes for students working in vocational programs and transition classes. They would be appropriate for middle and high school students learning to do office work. Students who are working on collating, copying, and other office work would do well with these. It’s good preparation for preparing mailings. I like the envelopes that have the metal clasps for the students to practice fine motor skills of fastening them as well.

Office Work Task Box Video Tutorial

Tips for the Office Work Task Box

As you can see in the examples from the picture below, there are several ways you can set up this task. First, determine how many dots your students can use. Start small with one dot, like the far left picture below. As they gain skills, increase the complexity by adding colors of pages and numbers of each color.

Independent Work Inspiration: Paper Collating in Envelopes: Easy Office Work Task

The dots translate into the color of paper to go into the envelope. You can communicate how many pieces of paper by the number of dots (like the second picture on the left) or by writing numerals in them like the one on the far right). Then change the difficulty of the task by the number of envelopes you put in their system. You can even bump the difficulty up further by having them travel to get the paper to package.

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GET ALL THE VISUALS AND ORGANIZATIONAL TOOLS YOU NEED to start independent work in your classroom.

These kits include an e-book with directions on setting up independent work systems and using the materials included, data sheets for tracking progress, visuals for the bins and schedules, what’s next visuals, and mastery sheets to keep track of which students have mastered which task. 

Secondary independent work starter kit

GET ALL THE VISUALS AND ORGANIZATIONAL TOOLS YOU NEED to start independent work in your classroom.

These kits include an e-book with directions on setting up independent work systems and using the materials included, data sheets for tracking progress, visuals for the bins and schedules, what’s next visuals, and mastery sheets to keep track of which students have mastered which task. 

Secondary independent work starter kit

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