Special Education Teacher Resources

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Students examine the Americans with Disabilities Act and the rights that it grants to disabled Americans. They apply this legislation to a discrimination lawsuit filed by wheelchair athletes involved in the New York Marathon.
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.
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.
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 lesson.
Learners create "Shamrock Men" using construction paper, pre-cut patterns, glue, and scissors in this lesson that celebrates St. Patrick's Day. The lesson was originally create for a Special Education class but could be adapted for younger general education classes.
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.
Parents might find that teaching special needs children at home can be incredibly beneficial.
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.
Pupils examine the characteristics of HIV and AIDS. They identify the liquids in which the disease is found and how it can be transmitted. They examine healthy behaviors to keep them from getting the disease.
Students define helpers, acquaintances, and strangers. They label the characters on a worksheet using the appropriate term and show the proper behaviors to exhibit when approached by a stranger.
The "Big Book Project" provides special-needs learners with the opportunity to develop, write, and publish "Big Books" for Kindergarten-Grade 3 classrooms. Students also go to classrooms and read the book they wrote to the younger students.
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. 
Students listen to a piece of music and draw the instruments they recognize. They discuss the definition of a hearing disability. Then they hold a balloon on their lap, and listen to the music again. They relate what it was like to feel the music.
Pupils define the terms disability and physical disability, and discuss the various abilities of people who use wheelchairs. They listen to the book, A Very Special Critter, interview a person with a physical disability, and create a class book.
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!
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.
Students explore human behavior by exploring mental and physical disabilities. In this learning disability lesson, students identify the different disabilities students have which prevent them from working at the same pace as the rest of the class. Students discuss ways they can treat learning disabled classmates better in order to boost their self-esteem.
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.
Students examine the role of media when dealing with the disabled. They participate in a community audit of different facilities and how they help the disabled.
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 learners with mild to moderate disabilities in grades 1-5.