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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. Use one as is or modify to fit your next Earth Day themed lesson.
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 plan finishes with a kinesthetic twist, where learners jump from block to block as they count aloud.
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. Appropriate for pupils with mild to moderate disabilities in grades 1-5.
Students, in special education and inclusion classes, practice writing skills by sharing notes with the teacher and each other. Using instruction sheets, they substitute words and rewrite the selection in a way they understand. In individual instruction sessions, students develop vocabulary comprehension skills and practice writing for clarity.
Every human has the need for affection. This lesson teaches mild to moderately disabled secondary high schoolers to make good choices regarding sexual contact. The lesson is developmentally and age appropriate and covers topics such as sexual expression, private parts, privacy, and decision-making. This lesson may not be suitable for minors conserved over their person, consent may be required.
Examine how immigrants have changed the environment of the United States. Individually, middle schoolers will take a pre- and post-test to assess their reading comprehension. In groups, they compare and contrast the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam while they practice reading a page aloud to the class. To end the lesson, they analyze graphs and research the contributions of immigrants to the nation as a whole. Resource links are included.
What are the six traits of writing anyway? Young writers focus on ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions to assess additions to their writing portfolio. They will create and add to a writing portfolio over a predetermined amount of time. There are ideas to help you focus on teaching each of the six writing conventions. Kids will love sharing their portfolios upon completion!
Students utilize simulation methods and other teaching strategies within elementary-level social studies classrooms. They identify methods of delivering social studies content that enables learners with special needs to learn from and fully participate in the classroom experience.
Third graders investigate a mysterious famous American. In this Thurgood Marshall lesson, 3rd graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress featuring Marshall and conduct further research to determine who the mystery American is and what his accomplishments were. Analysis of best practices and technology integration articles are included to further support the teacher of this lesson.
Learners develop an understanding of autism by engaging in an inquiry-based discussion. Pupils are exposed to the vast array of defining characteristics of autism spectrum disorders. They create posters about the developmental characteristics that would likely show up in children who suffer from these disorders. This terrific, 11-page plan has clear instructions for the activities, worksheets, and a rubric you can use to score the posters. Excellent!
Youngsters investigate autism and autism spectrum disorders. They access a variety of websites which present information on ASD's, and assess how accurate the information they've read actually is. They work in groups and utilize worksheets embedded in the plan which guide them through a fact-checking process for each of the sites they look at. Finally, each group creates a display that has many of the most important facts about autism and ASD's. An excellent plan!