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A quick overview of defining learning disabilities, where they stem from, and how they affect learning.
Raise awareness of learning disabilities through reading, writing, research, and collaboration.
Strategy-based programs that are executed with consistency are the best for achieving growth in any learner with a learning disability. Here is a seven-step lesson plan that is highly structured and is intended to help learners with significant struggles in reading. It includes with brain integration exercises, decoding practice, dictation, sight words, prereading, and oral reading, and finishes off with comprehension training. Any pre-service teacher or new special educator would be pleased to use a plan as well-developed and thoughtfully designed as this one.
In this learning disability (Dyslexia) worksheet, students must read a passage (not included) then answer several questions about it.
Reading comprehension is key to success in nearly every subject in school, but how do you improve comprehension in a pupil with dyslexia? Here are several tips that define ways in which educators can provide strategies to improve overall comprehension. An instructor can introduce these tips, or older learners can seek them out and do their own research.
Students explore the challenges of those who have "learning disabilities." They develop a storyboard and create a video which depicts learning disabled students coping with life. Special effects are added to the video scenes, as well as titles and closing credits.
Examine the contributions of African-Americans in the worlds of art and literature. Over the course of a few days, young scholars will read and analyze a poem, a short story, and a piece of art. They complete a range of comprehension-building activities, including writing poetry based on their reflections, comparing different people groups through a graph, and creating a class mural.
A series of well-written activities, these lessons prompt middle schoolers reading below grade level (at a second, third, or fourth grade level) to use poetry to practice basic reading skills. They rhyme, build words, make inferences, and practice phonics skills. There are three activities total and an extensive rational/context commentary. The lesson is appropriate for older grades as well.
Students discover different learning styles as they discuss how they go about a task or a problem. They read articles about learning styles and people and work with partners to complete activities. They explore learning disabilities.
Focused on providing tools for his learning disabled students, this educator created a comprehensive learning plan. Pupils grades K-2 will view a video, use sand and letter tiles to write the letter e, and will work in groups to practice blending words. This instructional activity is fantastic for pupils with learning disabilities; it encompasses multiple facets of sensory input to help children access understanding.
Read Dangerous Minds with your language learning disabled pupils to identify characteristics and connect to literature. This is a specific activity intended for use with the suggested book. The class uses a character map as a way to compose their own chapter or journal entry for the book they have read. A great way to finish a great book.
Learners explore human behavior by reading a biography about Helen Keller. In this learning disabilities lesson, students read the book A Girl Named Helen Keller and identify the diseases she was stricken with and the determination it took to achieve success. Learners define a list of vocabulary terms from the book and answer study questions.
Chopin was a lovely composer who played the piano masterfully. Third graders are introduced to Chopin, his piano sounds, triple meter, music patterns, movement, and the waltz. They listen to his music while hearing the story Butterflies Fly, they then move in time to the music to show what triple meter looks like. This integrated lesson plan includes extensions and adaptations to include every learner.
Students investigate number values by participating in a math game. In this fractions instructional activity, students identify how fractions are used in daily life, how they are expressed in music time signatures and how to express them in writing. Students participate in a flash card game in which fractions are put in correct orders based on their value.
Phonics is a fundamental key to reading success. To help your learners with dyslexia or learning disabilities, try using the phonic alphabetic code chart. The chart and full instructions on how it can be used in the classroom are presented in audio, video, and written formats. The technique is simple, but has been proven highly effective in increasing phonemic awareness in struggling young scholars.
Use the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin to teach your third grade class about descriptive writing. Following a teacher read-aloud of the story, the class brainstorms a list of adjectives describing the main character. Students use this list as they work independently writing four descriptive sentences, each including a different adjective and supporting detail from the text. Sentence frames are included to assist young writers that need help getting started. For additional support, model how to write a descriptive sentence for the class, providing an example of the writing that is expected of them. As an extension, consider performing this lesson with another fairy tale and having the class compare different characters within the genre.
First graders create number sentences. In this math lesson, 1st graders use M&M's to make number sentences. Students create charts using the color of the M&M's as data.
Students practice reading silently. The class discusses the benefits of reading silently and several methods for reading silently, including cross checking and chunking. Working in groups, they silently read a leveled text and discuss the main idea of the text.
Fourth graders make connections between mathematics and music. In this multiplication and music lesson, 4th graders work in pairs to compose a rap that helps the class learn the multiplication facts from 1-12. Students then perform the rap in front of the class.
Singing is a great way to build memory, music, and verbal communication skills. Little ones sing the song, "Old Mac Donald had a Farm." They make the sounds of each animal on the farm paying attention to signaling cues, singing high, and singing low. Several adaptation and extension ideas are included.