Special Education Teacher Resources
From the special education classroom to accomodations for students with varying levels of disability, explore teaching strategies and lesson plans to make learning come alive across disciplines!
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Cooking Skills: Special Education
Using the microwave, boiling water for pasta, and using a knife to make a sandwich are all independent living skills. Prepare your special needs high schoolers for life by having them prepare three easy-to-cook items. Each skill is laid out as numbered steps, which is great for the learner and for you.
9th - 12th 21st Century Skills
Special Ed Lesson: Rain Cloud Activity
What is rain and where does it come from? Help your special-needs class understand the weather concepts of rain, clouds, and the water cycle with this introductory activity. They view a PowerPoint video (not included), answer questions about what they saw, engage in a group discussion about weather, and make a rain cloud model using construction paper and yarn.
1st - 5th Special Education & Programs
Earth Day Jeopardy for Special Ed grades 3-12
Get your special-needs learners all set for Earth Day! Use these developmentally appropriate questions and answers related to Earth Day concepts, which include recycling, conservation, pollution, and ecology. Note: Check out LessonPlanet's collection of Jeopardy Style PowerPoint games and activities.
3rd - 12th Science
Special Education Lesson: Counting by Jumping Squares
Get your kids counting and moving with this fun activity. Special-needs students practice counting objects up to 7, count using a numberline, and focus on recognizing the number before and after. This mini lesson finishes with a kinesthetic twist, where learners jump from block to block as they count aloud.
K - 1st Special Education & Programs
The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair
Students develop disability awareness. In this character building and diversity lesson plan, students listen to the book The Story of Taylor and his Wheelchair by James Riggio Heelan, then describe things that were difficult for Taylor to do because of his cerebral palsy.
K - 4th Visual & Performing Arts
Stellaluna Lesson: Increase Oral Language Development and Story Comprehension
To be used with the BRAIDY system, this lesson works to increase oral language and reading comprehension. Special needs pupils review parts of a story, sequence of events, and create a Venn diagram showing the differences between birds and bats.
1st - 6th Special Education & Programs
Religion and Ethics: Living with Special Needs
Learners explore human behavior by exploring mental and physical disabilities. For this learning disability lesson, students identify the different disabilities learners have which prevent them from working at the same pace as the rest of the class.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
New Review Special Olympics Volleyball Coaching Guide: Teaching Volleyball Skills
From warm-up routines and stretches to skill progressions and passing drills, this is an absolute must-have resource for coaches teaching volleyball to a group of learners with diverse needs and skills.
4 mins 6th - 12th Physical Education CCSS: Adaptable
Connecting Letters and Memory
Elementary students with mild to moderate mental disabilities use a variety of tools to connect letter sounds to images. They use flash cards, posters, and writing while saying to connect letter image to phonemic equivalent. Then, they use workbooks, clay, charts, and manipulatives to practice the letter skill acquired.
2nd - 5th Special Education & Programs
Environmental Awareness and Children's Literature
Use an alternative setting for pregnant teens and young mothers, as well as special education children to examine environmental topics through literature. Included in this unit is a visit to neighborhood libraries to select children's books on the environment.
6th - 12th Science
Lesson 5- Symme "trees": Understanding Same
Pairs of socks can be the same and they can be different. Use socks to emphasise the meanings of the words same and different. Your special ed class will examine each pair of socks you provide to determine if they are the same or different.
1st - 12th English Language Arts
Colors of Winter-Body Parts/Senses
Fun is in the air as learners with special needs engage in sensory-filled activities. They discuss color, snow, cold, winter, and body parts while touching and smelling various objects. They discuss the parts of the body with relation to snowmen.
1st - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Falling into Shapes
Children with special needs participate in several activities to reinforce shape and color recognition. They sign the word leaf, sing a song about leaves, and bounce leaves around on a parachute. They then help the instructor name various colors and shapes, and create a collaborate class mural using the colors discussed and leaf shapes.
1st - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Using a Debit Card to Make Purchases
After you make a photo album of image depicting the process of using a debit card, kids in your class can start practicing. They learn how to use a debit card in various shopping and community settings to gain independent shopping skills. Great for high-functioning or older learners with mild disabilities.
9th - Higher Ed Math
Teaching Grocery Shopping Using Computer Based Instruction
Who doesn't need to buy groceries now and then? Prepare your special needs class for an upcoming trip to the grocery store. They practice matching the words on the shopping list to images of each item. They then use their list to locate the 12 items at a local grocery store.
9th - 12th 21st Century Skills
Theater Arts/Creative Movement Lesson Plan
Here is a series of five exercises intended to bring movement, dance, and theater into the classroom. Intended for special ed classes, but appropriate for any grade, learners will pantomime, play pretend, dance, move, and create a freeze-frame tableau.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Japanese Festivals and Holidays
Bring the excitement and beauty of Japanese festivals into your classroom. Kids with special needs create calendars that reflect special festivals and holidays common to Japanese culture. They start the project by creating a list of Japanese celebrations, discussing each one.
3rd - 11th Social Studies & History
Sample Behavior Strategy: Hallway Transitions
Written as a sample behavior strategy, this resource provides a case-study-style context to assist an Autistic child with transition issues. The primary behavior is laying in the hallway during transitions. The behavior strategy is positive reinforcement through a token economy system.
K - 6th Special Education & Programs