Let me just preface this by saying that I am in a self-contained Life Skills setting, and many of my students struggle to do anything unless it is highly modified and in a 1:1 setting with an adult presence. In some classrooms, these are called work boxes, work bins, or work tasks.
I created the labels specifically for my students. Since my classroom is color-coded, I wanted to be able to say, "Go grab the green square and do you work" ...or whichever box I wanted them to be working on. It makes it super easy and mistake-free since no two shapes or colors are the same.
Here's a look inside what I currently have in my boxes and some work boxes I still need to switch out from Valentine's Day (we're still working the skills)...
There was this activity in one baggie: sorting big hearts from little hearts. Other activities included sorting words from non-words, uppercase from lowercase letters, sorting colors... and a few others. It was a great box that was highly differentiated!
For different holidays or for seasonal centers, I try to switch those centers out every 4-6 weeks (I know, I'm a little late on the February bins!). Since these are independent centers, I don't want to switch them out too often to where my students feel overwhelmed with something new every week or every other week. I also don't want to leave the centers in each box too long because then my students will get bored and refuse to do them. No joke. Plus, since I have a couple of boxes, they aren't always working on the same box every day.
What types of independent centers do you have for Guided Reading Groups?