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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.
Young scholars 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.
Fourth graders read about Indiana's history and use sticky notes to record important information.  In this sticky notes lesson, 4th graders record cultural information about the people of Indiana.
Learners with special needs and learning disabilities explore writing by becoming story editors. The class reads a story together after hearing it once through first. Then, they each examine the pictures from the story and work on paraphrasing its contents. They then become editors tasked with creating a new ending for the story, this can be done with an assistive device or through dictation. 
Pupils tell stories with media. In this personal narrative lesson, students create  PhotoStory presentations that include images and music to tell their stories that convey themes.
In this learning disability (Dyslexia) activity, students must read a passage (not included) then answer several questions about it.
Students participate in a math investigation involving the story "A Three Hat Day" by Charles L. Blood and Martin Link. They listen to the story, then work out a strategy to figure out how many ways the main character can wear the same three hats if each day he wanted to wear them in a different order.
Students complete a survey that the teacher can use to compare similar reading interests and reading abilities before to assign reading partners. They participate in a reading partnership by choosing a "double-copy" book, setting meeting dates, and engaging in meaningful book discussions.
Seventh and eighth graders solve math problems where they multiply positive and negative integers. In this multiplication lesson plan, learners use slate boards to complete problems. The step-by-step plan tells you what to write and say to the class as you teach this foundational skill. 
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.
Famous people who have overcome obstacles are the focus of this language arts and social studies lesson. Pupils are introduced to the concept that they have the ability to overcome obstacles in life. They read selections embedded in the plan about people who have overcome obstacles, then fill out graphic organizers which are also included in the plan. An excellent lesson!
Students write an essay about disabilities. In this communication lesson, students are initially quizzed about famous individuals with disabilities. Students read two short stories and complete a graphic organizer to compare and contrast the characters in each story. Students then compose an essay on disabilities using details from the stories to support their opinions. A rubric for the essay is included.
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.
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 instructional activity includes extensions and adaptations to include every learner.
If you have Microsoft's Photo Story 3 or Macintosh's iMovie software, you can use it to teach about tone and mood. First, display the positive images listed with calm, classical music in the background. Then, with the same music, show harsher images. Ask your class what they feel the difference in tone is. Using digital cameras, learners work in groups and take pictures based on an assigned tone. The photos are put together in presentation on Photo Story or iMovie to visually portray tone.
Learners 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. Learners participate in a flash card game in which fractions are put in correct orders based on their value.
Third graders explore cause and effect relationships. In this reading comprehension activity, 3rd graders read the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and discuss the cause and effect relationships in the book. Students use Photo Story 3 and create a foldable cookie booklet of the cause and effect relationships.
Emerging learners write an ending for an excerpt from Mark Twain's, A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court. After reading the text, they study vocabulary, research armor and the associated time period, and write an ending for the excerpt. They work on their writing piece using a scoring rubric as a guide.
Third graders practice their number sense by completing math manipulative problems in class. They identify the different place values of a 4 digit number and practice rounding a number to the nearest thousand. Then complete rounding problems on the white board in front of class and on their own.

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