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Folder Activities With Velcro: Miscellaneous Sorting and Comparing

Updated on February 25, 2015
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All of these folder activities involve sorting or comparing skills. They are at a kindergarten-first grade level, but they are appropriate for any students who are at this academic level. I made these materials with special education students in mind, but they can be used with general education students as well. When I taught special education, I made a lot of materials with Velcro because I had a number of students with autism that preferred it. You can adapt these materials without Velcro.

I used Boardmaker visuals for all of the folder activities in this hub, except for the counting and sorting objects folder. I found my counting objects pictures with online image searches. I used these pictures solely for this educational material, which I only used in my own classroom and have not sold or marketed in any way. I buy manila file folders in bulk from Office Depot. I buy my Velcro dots in bulk from

Color sort: I've made multiple versions of this folder. The color circles at the top have Velcro so you can change the color order. You can make bigger pictures and/or a smaller number of items for the students to sort. If you have trouble locating enough pictures in different colors in Boardmaker, start keeping a color list as you make other materials.

Count, then sort by number: I detailed this in my miscellaneous math folder activities hub because it fits into math skills as well, so I won't give more detail about it here.

Comparing: Water vs. sky comparison is just one of numerous possibilities for a comparison folder activity. I Velcro the comparison categories so that I can switch different categories into the same comparison manila folder. Typically I include 9 components to sort for each category. You can decrease or increase this number as it is appropriate for your students.

Comparing continued: I made an aquarium vs. not aquarium animals folder for a 2nd grade comprehension lesson. It works well as a stand alone comparison activity, too. Other comparison sorts with animals include: animals with fur vs. animals without fur, cold blooded vs. warm-blooded animals, and animal groups (fish vs. birds, etc.)

A few more comparison ideas: I have also made comparison sets for summer vs. winter clothing, rainy vs. snowy clothing, and swim vs. fly animals. I have made some sets that are for specific general education texts or comprehension lessons, such as the folder pictured here.

All photographs in this hub are copyrighted by me, Rose Clearfield. Please contact me if you would like permission to use any of them. Thank you!

6 FUN activities to teach toddlers / preschoolers the concept of Math (sorting, counting)!


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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Kelley!

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      6 years ago

      What a great idea Randomcreative! I've never heard of this and will share with some teachers I know. Kelley

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Cyndi! The languages idea is great. I had never thought about that, but this would be a perfect material for foreign language lessons and review.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Fun idea! I think these activities would be adaptable to world languages - Spanish, French and the like. It's fun how you can switch everything around. Thanks for compiling this. Voted up!

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      7 years ago

      Hi I'm writing from Italy and I found yr ideas really interesting and creativ. I teach englisg to elementary school kids and would enjoy to realize a velcro based panel to represent all the subject of each story i tell them. Could i have step by step details of one of your examples, so i know where to start. Thank's a lot.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! I'm so glad that this was helpful for you. Let me know how it goes. :)

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      Giselle Maine 

      8 years ago

      This is an awesome idea!! I might try making the 'sort by number' folder for my young son who is very interested in numbers but has trouble with language (making it hard for him to tell me 'how many' even if he knows the answer). I also think he would like the 'color sort' folder so I might make that one too. You have lots of cool ideas here which I'm eager to try. VOTED UP!


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