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The skills of decoding, word recognition, oral reading, phonemic awareness, and writing are all covered in this terrifc language arts instructional activity for 1st graders. In it, pupils discover that letters are written symbols for sounds. They work with print to help them read words, retell a story, and create one of their own. This instructional activity has everything you need in it for successful implementation. A rich educational experience, for sure!
Mittens and socks, two of my favorite clothing items! Young learners with special needs, explore clothing appropriate for cold weather. They identify both socks and mittens, discuss weather appropriate clothing, and listen to the story, The Missing Mitten. They use mittens and socks to create matching pairs and aba patterns. Great for learners with moderate to severe disabilities.
Here is a wonderful series of lessons which focus on some of the great lakes and deserts of the world. Pupils research, discuss, and analyze these geographical forms by engaging in small-group/hands-on activities. That's the best part about these lessons! Learners are engaged, using their hands in each and every one. This impressive, 21-page plan has everything you need to successfully implement it with your class.
Here is a nicely designed lesson on ancestry and family history. In it, learners read an article entitled, "Where Were Your Ancestors in 1871?" Then, they make up a series of questions to profile their family and their community 100 years ago. Everyone creates a family tree. The worksheets embedded in the plan are quite good, and will help you facilitate this fine lesson with your class.
Here is a great app that has tons of potential in helping your child or student with severe to moderate autism, or other intellectual disability, learn words and concepts using research-based methods. Children with autism or PDD NOS have been known to respond well to repetitive or predictable stimuli such as that seen in ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis). This app uses classical conditioning by way of conditional stimulus and conditioned responses to support vocabulary and language development.
Make opening a locker with a key an easy task for your special needs upper grader. Here you'll find a prompting hierarchy and 15 steps to guide your learner through the process. You'll verbally prompt while physically modeling the locker skill. The learner will then attempt to complete the physical task with simple verbal and gestural cues.
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. They'll listen to a story about socks and then put a pair of socks on their hands to paint a pair of matching trees.
Students with learning disabilities are introduced to the techniques of proper writing. After completing a warm up, they practice writing about what they saw to determine where they are at in the process. In groups, they complete a set of exercises reviewing sentence structures and practice a group writing assignment.
Students investigate the effects of autism by creating a slide-show presentation. For this special needs lesson, students define autism and the mental health problems it can cause young people afflicted with it. Students create a PowerPoint presentation meant to educate autistic children by utilizing colors, shapes and numbers.
High schoolers analyze ads and learn about the effects of alcohol. Note that the PowerPoint mentioned in the procedure is not included, so you will need to prepare your own presentation. After the lecture, segue into fetal alcohol syndrome. Your class will research physical and emotional characteristics of this birth defect. Finally, they develop a public service announcement to discourage the use of alcohol. Teacher's notes, resource links, worksheets, and a grading rubric are available for your use.
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.
Get the soap, get the basket, get those dirty clothes in the wash. Provide special needs learners with a step-by-step guided practice lesson to help them build laundry skills. They'll go through each step as outlined; gestural, verbal, and physical prompting is encouraged, depending on the functioning level of your pupil.
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. After practicing, they put their movements to a beat.
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.
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. They then create snowmen using glue and cotton balls. Sensory learners will love this instructional activity!
Sorting big and small objects builds spacial reasoning classification, and visual discrimination skills. Your class will read a story about big and small bubbles, practice identifying big and small objects, then sort big and small balls into the proper boxes. A perfect lesson for young learners with special needs.