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Children with visual impairments need to continuously work on balance, gross motor skills, and mobility. Foster mobility and orientation skills by engaging them in a series of fun balance stations during PE. You'll set up each of the four suggested stations and your kids will spend a set amount of time at each one. They'll kick soccer balls, kick balls while standing on a balance beam, kick balls to each other, and play a balance beam tug of war game. Each activity is fun and will definitely help your kids stay fit and balanced.
Don't be fooled by how short this activity is; it contains a good idea for adaptive PE. The activity is intended to help learners with visual impairments increase motor skills, muscle strength, and mobility. Two kids play a game of tug of war by pulling against each other while holding onto a Thera-Band or a rope. 
Encourage your learners who are blind or visually impaired to participate in sports or recreational activities. This super simple idea uses a beach ball with a bell on it to help kids become comfortable with playing catch. The activity will help increase listening skills, gross motor skills, and orientation skills. 
Students participate in a multidisciplinary instructional activity based on the book, The Stolen Smell.  In this exploring a folktale instructional activity, students discuss how they could use their five senses in a bakery.  Students answer specific discussion questions. Students participate in a phonics activity. Students act out what they might ask the character.  Students participate in a variety of other activities.
Students participate in various fall activities. In this fall lesson, students take a trip to a farmers market and purchase the ingredients needed for vegetable soup. Students paint fall scenes and create a fall story. Students discuss how the weather is changing and take a nature walk to collect leaves.
Students have cinnamon sprinkled onto their hands and walk around the room touching objects within their reach. Students observe all of the objects containing cinnamon fingerprints to visualize where and how germs are spread.
Young scholars discover the meaning of Memorial Day. In this Memorial Day instructional activity, students listen to a book entitled You're a Grand Old Flag and discuss the meaning of Memorial Day. Young scholars also rotate through centers in which they read, sing songs, and make crafts dealing with Memorial Day.
Students identify the state capitals. For this geography lesson, students pick a card with a state or capital written on it and perform the motor skill written on the card. Students continue to pick cards until they match the state with the correct capital
Young scholars are engaged in Olympic based activities. In this Olympic lesson, students rotate through centers in which they read, sing songs, and make crafts dealing with the Olympics. Young scholars practice the letter O, the number 5, the circle shape, and all the Olympic colors during these centers.
Students examine pieces of art by African-American artists in the 20th Century. For each piece, they are shown slides of the artwork and others by the artist to identify the techniques used. In groups, they discuss and research the time period in which the art was produced to end the activity.
Students explore and practice a variety of motor skills. In this physical education movement lesson, students rotate between 6 stations. Each station provides a Sponge Bob related activity which requires the children to use fine and gross motor skills.
Students go for a buggy ride. Each of them have a chance to be a rider and a horse. They need to tell their "horse" when to begin pulling by saying "giddy-up." students work together and use appropriate social skills
Students plant a classroom vegetable garden. They explain the process of photosynthesis, use appropriate measurements for length and width and develop better communication skills.
Students identify their own and others' feelings and emotions. They participate in a class discussion about feelings, develop a list of emotions, create a class collage, and role-play a "Feelings Dance."
Students celebrate Halloween through various activities. In this holiday lesson, students participate in several Halloween activities such as playing word association games, drawing Halloween monsters and telling scary stories.
Team sports are quite social; they involve following rules, playing cooperatively, communication, taking turns, and interpersonal relations. Introduce your special education class to the all-American sport of baseball. They learn about the game, practice content-specific vocabulary, watch a cartoon about baseball, discuss social skills, and if time permits, play the game. 
Students practice their listening skills as well as their gross motor skills. In this movement lesson, students follow their instructor's directions that require them to practice their balance with beanbags.
A brief overview of a new class that can be beneficial for young learners.
Students study classic paintings by masters like Monet. In this art history lesson, students listen to the story Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert and sing flower songs with the rest of their class. Students examine the painting The Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet and simulate jumping across the lily pads.
Students explore the concept of cause and effect as it relates to economics through the story "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie."  Students discuss simple cause and effect relationships and make predictions according to the story. They play a memory chain game and are introduced to the concepts of good and services.

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