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Use this simple activity to introduce poetry to your junior high or high school Special Education class. Learners take turns writing lines that rhyme with a word you assigned. After all the sentences are written, they arrange them to create an original rhyming poem. This activity is great for special-needs individuals functioning at a 5th or 6th grade level.
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 instructional activity finishes with a kinesthetic twist, where learners jump from block to block as they count aloud.
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 instructional activity.
Nearly all students have seen pregnant women and may have questions about human development. Intended for secondary students with mild to moderate mental disabilities, this lesson defines the process of pregnancy  in a developmentally appropriate way. They define the term pregnancy, sort a collection of images depicting pregnant and not pregnant women, brainstorm differences they see, then discuss fetal development. The Miracle of Life by NOVA is suggested viewing.
Students explore different federal laws promoting the education for the handicapped. In this literacy activity, students brainstorm how they can help individual with Down syndrome. They read a fiction book related to the topic and discuss their thoughts about it.
Learners in a special education classroom are introduced to how the universe and solar system was formed. Using the internet, they research the characteristics of Earth that support human life. In groups, they compare and contrast Earth's characteristics and other planets. To end the lesson, they discuss the possibility of traveling further into the solar system.
Learners design ways to accommodated voters with disabilities. In this creative problem solving instructional activity, students use the ADA checklist for polling places and universal design principles to evaluate a polling place. They draw plans showing their improvements.
Developmentally Disabled students need to know they types of touch, appropriate touching, and their personal rights. They brainstorm types of touch, go over their personal rights, and discuss social skills. Very appropriate lesson for moderately disabled students.
Students with mild to moderate disabilities discuss human reproduction and the importance of preventing pregnancy. They review reproductive anatomy, sexual decision making, and what birth control is. The lesson plan concludes with a vocabulary game to help solidify concept understanding. A note to the care provider, game pieces, and handouts are included.
Every human has the need for affection. This lesson teaches mild to moderately disabled secondary students 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.
Students in a special education class examine the United States Constitution. Using the text, they answer five research questions and discuss the amendments that concern medicine, ethics and law of the right to die issue. They develop their own opinions on the issue and present them to the class as a presentation or debate.
Some disabled high schoolers have a difficulty understanding what is and what is not publicly appropriate behavior. Help them build healthy social skills by defining public and private behaviors, labeling public and private places, and role-playing. This is a well put together lesson with safety and social health in mind.
Students plan for their futures. In this career interest lesson, students take job interest inventories, conduct employment searches, complete employment applications, and participate in mock interviews to prepare for their future job searches. 
Encourage relationships between classmates with varying academic and social needs.
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.
Fourth graders analyze a picture of a colonial New England kitchen. In this colonial life lesson students view a portion of the picture at a time and analyze each portion. Students reflect on customs and aspects of Colonial Life.
Sixth graders review primary documents and sort them into events in the Revolutionary War.  In this American Independence lesson, 6th graders sort out photos to find causes and results of the American Revolution. 
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! 
Here are five quick lessons you can use to introduce your class to religions from around the world. They view and perform a Native American dance, watch a video on Judaism, compare the difference between Catholics and Protestants, watch a video on Eastern religion, and participate in a simulated hajj. Note:These lessons are very simplistic and not fully developed.
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.