Independent Work Tasks: Discrimination Match Early Childhood & Special Education

Type: digital

Created specifically for independent work systems, these colorful and highly engaging file folders and task cards are designed to capture the interest of younger students.  They go beyond simple matching to having students match by discriminating patterns within the pictures. 

Who Are They For?

  • These tasks are great for preschool or kindergarten center work, independent work systems or structured work systems with autism or in special education, and for any time that students need to be engaged on their own.
  • I often use them during instruction to have students practice skills for generalization and maintenance while I work with another student in a small group.

What's Included?

8 File Folders (or 16 if divided) where students match by details

10 matching train mats (or 5 file folders) in which students pick out the series of train cars

20 Matching Task Cards or Clip Cards in which students find the identical item based on a few differences in the item. 


These tasks are also specifically geared toward use with independent work systems with these features:
✓ Each task has a clear beginning and end. 
✓ Tasks are designed (with the help of Velcro) to stay together when the student finishes and put them in the finished basket. 
✓ They are easily adapted to individual needs.
✓ They are visually clear and designed to be simple
✓ They were designed to be highly visually engaging and capitalize on the visual discrimination skills that are often a strength for students with autism.

No Product Will Be Mailed to You. You will need to print and create the product yourself.

This product is an electronic file download Adobe Acrobat file or a Zip File. No product will be mailed to you.  You are responsible for assuring you have the needed software to open and print it. 

Directions for construction are included in the file.  Make sure you are opening it with Adobe Acrobat Reader (find it free here) and following the printing instructions included in the download.

If the product is a zip file, you may need to have an app like WinZip to unzip it on a PC.


This product is copyrighted by Christine Reeve for use in one classroom. They may not be copied for additional classes without purchasing extra licenses. For bulk discounts, please email me at