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Special Protections-Session Six
Parents and children work together in a community circle to discuss caring for people with special needs. In separate groups, the children sing and listen to a story. They discuss ways people are alike, and ways they are different. Parents take on a physical limitation, and explore the site to determine accessibility.
The Dangers of Illiteracy
Students consider a fictional situation in which literacy could spell the difference between life and death. They apply their knowledge of how reading empowers people by creating a literacy program that addresses the special needs of a specific community.
Classroom based assessments for special education students
Students complete a cooking assignment and are assessed on it. In this assessment lesson, students make cottage cheese pancakes. They assess themselves based off a variety of rubrics.
Speech/Language Scavenger Hunt
A good idea. To build both speech and social skills special ed students go on a scavenger hunt. They locate people around the school and say a series of words, when they say the words correctly they receive a prize. They also ask for things, which they will receive if they ask appropriately.
Sense of Hearing
Create a graphic organizer to review parts and systems of the body, then present a new topic. Special education students grades 3-5 learn about the sense of hearing. They draw parts of the ear, sign a song, read Perk Up Your Ears, and sort loud and quiet things. Could be used with any age as long as its developmentally appropriate.
Folk Tales Thematic Unit
Second graders read different folk tales and discuss them. They are given a template of a letter and they are to write a friendly letter. Special education students are paired with advanced students to help them.
Relationships, Day 1: Self-Esteem
Students explore self-esteem and create a self-portrait collage. They discuss things they like about themselves, things they are able to do on their own, and reasons people appreciate them. They demonstrate how to give and receive compliments.
Understanding the Body, Day 1: Anatomy
Students review gender identification and label themselves female or male. They identify the parts of the human body and practice using appropriate vocabulary. They complete a worksheet to complete the instructional activity.
Students create "Shamrock Men" using construction paper, pre-cut patterns, glue, and scissors in this instructional activity that celebrates St. Patrick's Day. The instructional activity was originally create for a Special Education class but could be adapted for younger general education classes.
Students in a special education class work to improve their endurance. As a class, they complete the same exercises at the beginning of each class trying to increase the number of reps. They are also introduced to healthy eating habits and discuss the importance of eating certain items in moderation.
Including the Disabled Student
Learners read and discuss the history of special education in public schools related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Students work in groups to design ways to modify classroom activities based on the needs of a student with a specific disability. Learners present their ideas for modifying activities and assignments to the class.
Reproduction, Day 3: Parenthood
Teenagers explain the process from making the decision to have a baby to parenthood. They identify the positive and negative aspects of parenting. In small groups, they browse catalogs of baby equipment and evaluate the cost of supporting a new baby. Enough extension activities are suggested to make this a week-long topic within your life skills or health curriculum.
Chocolate and Ice Cream Across the Curriculum
Sixth graders in a special education class discuss excerpts of two stories and read biographical information on the authors. In groups, they read the full text of both stories and try to solve the mystery as they read. They practice their skills working with others and write in their journals to reflect on the lesson.
Let's Meet The Presidents
Create a digital movie documenting research about an American President. Using internet sources, students with special needs gather information about their chosen president. Working in groups, they use this information to create a digital movie giving a biographical account of the president's life.
Everyone Is Special
Students are read examples of literature that reinforces the concept of tolerance. Using the story, they identify the letters and discuss the equipment needed by those persons with special needs. They compare and contrast their likes and differences and discover how tolerance makes responsible citizens.
What Objects Sink and What Objects Float: Special Ed
Intended for use with children having severe and profound special educational needs, this resource brings practical science to life. In order to understand what objects float and what object sink, learners will predict and test their guesses through hands-on experiment. All you need is an open aquarium, water, and some small objects. Have fun!
Using Poetry in Teaching Reading to Special Education Students
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.
Pushing Through Learning Difficulties
Parents might find that teaching special needs children at home can be incredibly beneficial.
Mastering a Student's Personal Information in a Special Education Classroom
Your special education students can memorize their personal information. In order to master their personal information, they create a photo book to help them remember names, birthdays, addresses, phone numbers, then take pictures to match up with each topic.
Celebrating Earth Day
Fourth graders discuss how junk mail accumulates and bring in junk mail for an Earth day Project. In this Earth Day instructional activity, 4th graders weigh and measure their accumulated mail and calculate how much junk mail is accumulated in all the students homes. Students assess how much mail can be recycled.