“Cut out the pictures and place them in the correct column on the previous page.” It seems like such a simple task, but for some kids cutting with scissors, even with modifications may not be an option. Maybe it is a fine or even gross motor challenge. Maybe it is simply a sensory and safety issue. So how in the world are you supposed to complete all these activities without ever cutting with scissors? No worries!! Here are some alternative ways to complete some of the most common activities without ever needed a pair of scissors.
1.Circle maps without scissors
Circle maps are used frequently to create a visual review of the main points or facts about a certain topic, like mice.
- An option to cutting with scissors would be to give students the non-errorless version that has wrong answers mixed in. In addition, provide students access to the circle map to remind them of the current topic. Students will then “mark” in some way those picture choices that would belong in the circle map. Get creative!! You can use dot markers, post-it notes, stickers, or even just circling the correct answers.
- If cutting with scissors is a safety issue and not a motor issue, have students copy the words from the picture choices in the circle map. This is also great for students in your group who you feel may be above the picture stage as well.
- Turn it into a group activity. This will take a little up front work on your part. Cut apart the pictures and mount each one on an index card. Draw a large circle on the board or use a hula hoop. You can even put it on the floor. Pass out the cards and have students take turns placing them in the circle. You can choose to mix in wrong answers that students can throw in a nearby trash can rather than in the circle.
2. Sorting Activities without scissors
- Take the sorting template and color in each side a different color. Then give the student the page with the pictures that would be normally cut apart. Rather than cutting with scissors, students will color in the picture depending on the column it would go in using the same colors you did on the template.
- This works great for Venn Diagrams as well.
3. Close (fill in the blank) worksheets without cutting with scissors
- Give the student the strip with the answer choices just for that worksheet.
- Read the question aloud and students will point to the correct answer.
- OR, similar to the sorting activity above, you can color in the blank squares a certain color and then students will color in the correct answer for each question the same color.
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Make sure you check out my blog post about ways to modify cutting activities for students who still use scissors, but need some modifications to be more independent. Read more HERE.