Mini-Schedules: PE/Gym Class

  • Situation

    I have a student that comes to my physical education class a couple times a week and repeatedly asks questions like, “what are we doing today, now what, what do I do when am I finished”? I don’t have time to answer him every time he has a question – what can I do?

  • Summary

    Give a mini schedule either in pictures or words that represents the sequence of what will be happen in class or represents the routine that occurs during class. For example he will have a mini-schedule that shows he will;

    1. sit/listen to directions

    2. warm up walk

    3. exercise

    4. cool down walk

    5. change clothes

  • Definition

    A mini-schedule is a visual schedule or visual sequencing of events for a short period of time NOT a day schedule. It can be picture, object, word, or numeral format. A mini-schedule can give a sense of time and when an activity will end. Knowing what and when things happen can prevent many behavioral issues.

  • Quick Facts
    • Child's Age: 6-10, 11-13, 14-17, 18+
    • Planning Effort: Moderate
    • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Pre-requisites

    Knowledge of the steps of the class or activity; materials to depict the step in picture or written form

  • Process
    1. Identify the steps /activities taking place during a lesson.

    2. Gather the materials to make the Mini Schedule such as Mayer Johnson icons, photos, pictures from Google or write words or use numerals.

    3. Make the mini schedule.

    4. Present the mini-schedule to the child.

    5. Model/demonstrate/prompt how to use the mini-schedule during the lesson/activity.

    6. Reinforce the child for using the mini-schedule.

  • Documents and Related Resources

    website for picture cards


    website about using visual schedules


    Mini-Schedule Gym (image)


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