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Students discuss tolerance. In this philanthropy lesson, students read the book A Very Special Critter by Gina Mayer and discuss the character's disability. Students role play how to be tolerant of a new student with a disability.
Third graders complete several sports activities with simulated disabilities. They reflect on the inherent difficulties and brainstorm modifications for each activity.
Fourth graders hypothesize about the difficulties they may encounter if they did not have their sense of sight, in order to establish a sense of empathy for the disabled. In this lesson on senses, 4th graders record all of the things they have done up to this point in the day, then explain how they may have done those things if they were not able to see. Students further explore disabilities and how they affect people's lives while working in small groups.
Students complete pre reading, writing, during reading, and interdisciplinary activities for the book Rainbow Joe and Me. In this reading lesson plan, students complete journal entries, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Young scholars examine physical differences amongst themselves. In this diversity lesson, students read the book We're Different, We're the Same. Young scholars name things about their appearance that is different from the person next to them.
Learners identify pictures of people and themselves as male or female. They sort pictures, participate in a game, discuss what they like best and least about being male or female, complete a worksheet, and identify proper restroom signs.
Learners read examples of statements and label them assertive or non-assertive. They demonstrate assertive body language and model it in given situations. They answer questions to end the lesson.
Pupils read a case study about communicating with others. They identify a second choice if their first item is rejected. They practice accepting "no" as an answer and complete a worksheet.
High schoolers identify pictures of women labeling them pregnant or not pregnant. They discover what happens inside a woman when she is pregnant. They explain the relationship bettwen intercourse, fertilization and parenthood.
In this Disabilities Day activity, students complete activities such as read the passage, match the phrases, fill in the blanks, choose the correct word, multiple choice fill in, correct the spelling, put text in correct order, unscramble the sentences, take a survey, and write all about Disabilities Day. Students complete 12 activities.
Students identify the parts of the human body involved in reproduction. They examine the process of fertilization and discover all species reproduce. They practice using new vocabulary as well.
Young scholars design and create a graph of data they have collected on their favorite candy bars. They explore how to organize data as well.
Sixth graders investigate the importance of milk in their daily diet. They explore what important vitamins and minerals the body needs to stay healthy and how to keep their bodies healthy. Students recognize healthy foods and which vitamins come from which foods. They measure, weigh, and record data correctly by measuring the rats growth each week. They describe how healthy eating relates to healthy growth.
Students participate in various music activities related to the song "This Little Light of Mine." They listen to the book This Little Light of Mine by Rachel Lisberg, discuss the message of the book and sing the song, and create their own version of the song.
Ninth graders explore the differences in language for referring to people: disabled, handicapped or challenged. For this people with disabilities lesson, 9th graders define the words and discuss common usage. Students complete a worksheet using these guidelines.
Students look at websites about Down Syndrome and respond to how the media has impacted this disability on society. In this Down Syndrome lesson plan, students respond to different situations on worksheets.
Students read the book Don't Call Me Special, A First Look At Disability about people with disabilities. In this disabilities lesson plan, students draw how they can help someone and write about it.
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.
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.
A special educator and an autism specialist have created a series of apps that work to foster functional academic and practical skills. Each one comes with access to the website, the support team, and many other functions specific to each app. This one provides an opportunity for children with autism to sort objects into categories. Each object corresponds to a specific place such as school, the kitchen, or the park.