Special Education Teacher Resources

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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.
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. Practical and well supported, this support plan could be a life saver.
I really like this activity. Learners with special needs play a stoplight game to practice giving and responding to the need for personal space. Each child is given a green light and red light card, when you say, "Go" they walk around the room, when a peer gets too close, pupils put up their red-light card. A great activity for non-verbal or autistic children learning about their own personal space.
Teach your special education students about cause and effect with this SMART board activity. After analyzing real-life examples of cause and effect -'What happens when you eat too much? What happens when you don't get enough sleep?"- seventh graders complete a graphic organizer and prepare for a cause and effect essay. Though the lesson is designed for a special education class with a ratio of 15:1, it could be modified for a standard language arts class.
Use photographs to teach young special education or speech students how good speech looks, as well as sounds. Kindergarteners are photographed making the F, TH, W, R L, and S sounds. They then use the images to identify each sound that 'face' makes. 
Who doesn't love a good snack? Provide practice with basic snack preparation skill for your special education class. They follow each step-by-step procedure to make and serve a hot drink and a sandwich. These skills are taught using delay time trials, positive reinforcement, and the prompt hierarchy.  
Students receive activity bags to bring home and share with their families. They are excited to have "homework" and they accomplish several skills by completing the activities within the bags. This is great for special needs students.
Students examine the various cultures of the world through literature. After reading various stories, they compare their own personal experience with the characters. In groups, they take the original story and add their own characters and setting to practice their English.
A Middle school special ed class uses the acronym SPAM to learn the 4 parts of writing. They employ 4 different colors to help them visually distinguish each part of writing in a given prompt. This lesson is vague and uses a strong learning strategy well suited for assisting special needs or resource students but fails in overall development.
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. The idea is solid, but to truly get the most out of it, research as to how mind wing concepts works is needed.
Students make storyboards and take photographs for slides to illustrate stories or "how to" demonstrations and write and recorded scripts to accompany their slides.
Students explore the value of money. They demonstrate their ability to sell and purchase items, and to produce the correct change for their patrons. They develop the ability to keep track of their spending.
Learners with special needs learn how to apply practical vocational experience. In this vocational experience lesson, students with special needs use communication skills to sell bottled water during school lunch periods. They learn to set up the Water Shop, how to sell tickets, and how to meet and greet the customer.
Students find the greatest common factor of two numbers. In this algebra instructional activity, students find the the prime and composite common factor of integers. This assignment is modified for special education students.
Special Education students practice setting a goal and following through with it. They learn skills needed for transitioning into a different part of their life.
Students investigate the effects of autism by creating a slide-show presentation.  In 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.    
Students design ways to accommodated voters with disabilities. In this creative problem solving lesson, students use the ADA checklist for polling places and universal design principles to evaluate a polling place. They draw plans showing their improvements.
There are many different cultural groups that dwell in East Asia. You and your special ed class will explore the East Asian culture by listing each culture group and then creating a collage style poster. They will attempt to identify various Asian people by the shape of their eyes. Note: The instructional activity is not very well-developed and could come across to some, as insensitive.
Middle school special education learners (moderate to severe) learn about insects by playing an entomological version of bingo. They cut out pictures of different bugs and glue them onto a grid. Place the game card inside a sheet protector so dry erase markers can be used to mark off insect squares that have been called. Finish with bug snacks (pretzel butterflies and "bug juice"). Recipes included.