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Children with special needs participate in several activities to reinforce shape and color recognition. They sign the word leaf, sing a song about leaves, and bounce leaves around on a parachute. They then help the instructor name various colors and shapes, and create a collaborate class mural using the colors discussed and leaf shapes. Note: If the variety of shapes and colors will confuse your learners, use one constant shape instead.
Who doesn't need to buy groceries now and then? Prepare your special needs class for an upcoming trip to the grocery store. They practice matching the words on the shopping list to images of each item. They then use their list to locate the 12 items at a local grocery store. The lesson is well done but could be problematic for some learners because they don't actually buy the items, they may become upset or confused by the process.
Such an ambitious lesson! Third graders with special needs listen to an audio recording of the novel, Moby Dick. They stop often to discuss each of the main characters and analyze their actions in the story. They then make puppets of one of their favorite characters in the book. The puppets are used by learners to retell the story. Tip: Try a similar project with a more age-appropriate book, such as Harry Potter or Percy Jackson.
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.
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 collaborate to create a children's book. In this visual arts lesson, student study the components and procedures that go into making a children's book including the shape, size. layout, biographical information about the author, and dedication page. Students work in small groups to research fish facts and then use these facts to create an original 25-page book for children. Word processing is required.
Explore language arts by reading two similar stories in order to compare and contrast them in class. Young readers read two Aunt Isabel books, by Kate Duke, and discuss the main characters, plot, and setting. They complete a graphic organizer about the stories and illustrate their own depictions of the narrative. In the end, they will understand the construction behind a good tale!
This is a solid introduction to the European Union and the debt crisis of the late 2000s through 2012. Class members watch a PowerPoint, take notes, read passages, answer questions, and work in groups to write a fable that illustrates a lesson plan about the financial crisis. This resource provides excellent handouts, with clear instructions for the fable as well as a rubric.
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.
Learners identify trees and create a tree identification board. In this tree identification lesson, students learn to distinguish trees by their characteristics. Learners tour an arboretum and collect samples of bark, twig, and leaf. Students display their samples and identify the trees on a tree identification board.
Explore the world of amazing mammals with your kids with special needs. Each child identifies one mammal from a previous lesson and writes a short paragraph on that mammal. This lesson states that it is intended for all levels, but not all of your kids might have the ability to write an essay or conduct Internet research. Modifications may need to be employed.
Provide this test for Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt, to class members who qualify for special education. Learners answer a series of fill-in-the-blank, quote identification, matching, multiple choice, and short-answer questions that were modified from the original version. The test is relatively long and comprehensive.
Nearly all young scholars 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.
Third graders identify the four instrument families of the symphony orchestra. They listen to the instruments and compare the similarities and differences of each of the four families. They design and create an instrument that belongs to a specific family of the symphony orchestra.
Young scholars listen to Jack and the Beanstalk and determine what they think are the most common words. In this Jack and the Beanstalk lesson, students reread the story, count the words they chosen and graph those words. Young scholars graph the words in three different types of graphs.
Using the microwave, boiling water for pasta, and using a knife to make a sandwich are all independent living skills. Prepare your special needs students for life by having them prepare three easy-to-cook items. Each skill is laid out as numbered steps, which is great for the learner and for you. Tip: For readers, print and enlarge the steps for each cooking activity and post at eye level in the cooking area.