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File Folder Activities for Early Language Learners


File folder activities are perfect for early language learners!!Our entire state has developed a new “teacher evaluation system” which requires countless hours of determining student-driven and personal goals that will be assessed through statewide assessments among other pieces of evidence.

Although I haven’t yet been approved to work on this as my personal goal (cross fingers! cross fingers!), I proposed that my personal teaching goal be to develop more materials for my Life Skills (low-language level) students.

Besides vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary (and 2-3 word utterances), a goal that several of my Life Skills students have is to categorize. To think about words and how they belong together. To support this goal, I thought that it would be wonderful to create some very simple categorization activities. Activities that they can do with me, or later independently in the classroom.

I love File Folder activities because:

  • They can be used over and over again
  • Students can do the work with models and prompts initially, then independently while you are working with other students
  • The activities can be given to teachers to use when the student has extra time
  • The Velcro and small squares work on fine motor skills in addition to language skills
  • They are fun!

The first one I’ve created may be hard for most of my students, but it was too cute not to make. I’m offering as a FREE activity to all of you to enjoy here.

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Here is what it looks like when you set it up with velcro:

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And if you like it and want more file folder activities, here is my latest product!

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-Boy/Girl Categories

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-Fast/Slow Categories

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-Happy/Sad Categories

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-Ice Cream Colors Categories

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-In/Out of a House Categories

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-Zoo/Farm Animal Categories

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 Here is what they look like when set up:

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These are very reasonably priced (clipart alone on these products cost a lot!), and I hope you enjoy them! You can purchase them here.


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  1. Love your website. Am SO excited about your November Lesson Plans—what a gift!!! Also, love your prayer. We have a prayer meeting each Monday morning. I am going to share your lovely words with that group.



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