Learning Disabilities Teacher Resources
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Raise Awareness for National Learning Disabilities Month
Raise awareness of learning disabilities through reading, writing, research, and collaboration.
Learning Disabilities 101
A quick overview of defining learning disabilities, where they stem from, and how they affect learning.
Response to Intervention Can Help Students Struggling in Math
How to help your students who are struggling in mathematics before they fall too far behind.
HEALTH & SOCIAL SCIENCE
Students create a three part poster entitled, "Learning Disabilities". The first two parts are two paragraph reports on any two of the learning disabilities featured in the discussion. The final part of the poster is a two paragraph essay.
Understanding Learning Differences
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.
Fighting Prejudice and Discrimination against People with Learning Disabilities
Students work to understand learning disabilities and discrimination. For this teaching tolerance lesson, students examine what learning disabilities are and how people are discriminated against. There are different activities for students to complete based on grade level.
New! Story Editors
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.
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.
Life on Earth and Beyond, Our Search for Answers
Students in a special education classroom are introduced to how the universe and solar system was formed. Using the internet, they research the characteristics of Earth that support human life. In groups, they compare and contrast Earth's characteristics and other planets. To end the lesson, they discuss the possibility of traveling further into the solar system.
Translating Science Into Public Policy
Students role-play participants at a panel on climate change. They represent either scientists or policymakers. "Scientists" use the information they've learned in other classes and assignments to present information to "policymakers," who weigh that information, develop their own opinions, and decide what- if anything-should be done about climate change.
Walking in Their Shoes
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 lesson includes extensions and adaptations to include every learner.
Rate of Change
Eleventh graders solve problems dealing with rate of change. In this algebra lesson, 11th graders graph their rate of change problems and analyze it comparing their data with each other. They solve problems dealing with percent and rate of change as it relates to other rate of change.
Young scholars graph circles. In this graphing lesson plan students write equations for circles. Young scholars solve equations for circles and graph the results.
Rounding to the Nearest Thousands
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.
Formation of a Stream Valley
Students construct a model of a stream valley and follow it through youth, maturity and old age changing the topography to fit each development of the valley's growth.
Sticky Note Reading Lesson
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.
Fourth graders explore rounding a price given in dollar and cents to the nearest dollar. In this math lesson, 4th graders discover how to round to the nearest dollar. Additionally, students practice rounding money for objects that they "buy" from the class store. Students participate in small groups with different roles.
Character Development Project
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.
The Nature of the Antagonist
Darth Vader, The Wicked Witch of the West, Shere Khan, Moby Dick...these are some of the most famous villains in film and literature. Study the four categories of conflict with your class and have them finish the day by creating a dynamic, interesting villain. Can their villains rival The Joker or Count Dracula?