Our students are coming to us with more and more needs, so it's crucial for us to find ways to target more than one need at a time. Here are 4 ideas for integrating fine motor activities with academic skills.
You may be wondering why fine motor skills. I like to sprinkle fine motor skills practice throughout our school day. It helps students to learn to use both hands together, helps build motor memory and strengthens their fingers and hands. Here are a few tasks that we do regularly to mix fine motor practice and academics.
Students practice number identification and sequencing with this fine motor task.
This is one of the tasks my students do during work centers at the math center. This is a task that my students can work on while the teacher is working directly with another student at the table.
These clip cards are available HERE.
Clip cards are another task that my students complete daily. In this task, students are demonstrating knowledge (the skill the clip card is testing) while targeting both hands working together. You can cover TONS of skills with clip cards!
Applying stickers is great fine motor work, too. Add academics into the task by having students make sets or add with stickers. Read more: Using Stickers To Teach Math.
Have students "show their work" by hole punching sets in an addition equation.
Read more: The Easiest Math Center.
There are tons of ways to add fine motor practice into your lessons and work tasks!!