Mini-Schedule: Science Class

  • Situation

    I have a student who comes to my science class day after day 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 all his questions. What can I do?

  • Summary

    Give a mini schedule either in pictures or words that represents the sequence of events for the class or the routine that will occur during class. For example he will have a mini-schedule that shows the routine of the class;

    1. put homework in finish bin

    2. read assigned pages

    3. listen to discussion

    4. answer worksheet

    5. write down homework

  • 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.

    3. Make the mini schedule.

    4. Present it to the student.

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

  • Documents and Related Resources

    Article on Visual Schedules


    website for picturecards


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