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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.
Special educators know that it isn't all about the lesson plan, but rather the strategies and practices you choose to use. Here are a set of research-based practices and tips you can use to inform your choices when teaching learners who are struggling with spelling and writing. The plan provides online resources, book titles, games, and structured activities that use a struggling learner's strengths to overcome their weaknesses.
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.
This app was specially designed for educators, families, or other professionals who work with children or adults with special needs. It provides a vital service for those who are non-verbal due to autism, Down Syndrome, intellectual or physical disabilities, apraxia, or any other non-verbal condition. This app is exactly what it says it is, a way for non-verbal individuals to tap to talk.
Students identify trees and create a tree identification board. In this tree identification lesson, students learn to distinguish trees by their characteristics. Students tour an arboretum and collect samples of bark, twig, and leaf. Students display their samples and identify the trees on a tree identification board.
If you have a child who is autistic or has a non-verbal communication disorder, being able to state needs is very important. This app provides a very simple format for creating yes/no answers. It was created by a parent of a child with special needs who uses it to communicate basic necessities.
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.
Humans have been around for a long time and have left behind some pretty interesting artifacts throughout history. While some may consider Bill Nye's videos one of these artifacts, they are still relevant, accurate, and engaging to kids. An excellent plan for a sub day or one of those get-caught-up-on-grading days, learners watch a 22-minute video and complete the viewing guide as they watch. 
Middle school special education students (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. 
Engage your class in reading and reflecting on a passage. Useful for reading development, special education classes, or English language development, this app encourages active reading through a set of questions that pupils can listen to and refer to while they read.
Youngsters investigate autism and autism spectrum disorders. They access a variety of websites which present information on ASD's, and assess how accurate the information they've read actually is. They work in groups and utilize worksheets embedded in the plan which guide them through a fact-checking process for each of the sites they look at. Finally, each group creates a display that has many of the most important facts about autism and ASD's. An excellent plan!
Your class can view a slide show including photographs of various human, natural, and capital resources found in the United States. They work in groups to sort pictures into 3 categories, and then complete a related Venn diagram.
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.
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.
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.
Fourth graders discuss how junk mail accumulates and bring in junk mail for an Earth day Project.  For this Earth Day lesson, 4th graders weigh and measure their accumulated mail and calculate how much junk mail is accumulated in all the students homes. Students assess how much mail can be recycled.
Students listen to Jack and the Beanstalk and determine what they think are the most common words.  For this Jack and the Beanstalk lesson, students reread the story, count the words they chosen and graph those words. Students graph the words in three different types of graphs.
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.
You can learn something new this fall and winter by attending a conference or seminar.
Help your class understand Autism. They conduct research into how the brain is effected by the disorder of autism. Then they write a letter to the Center For Disease Control about their findings and forward some of the new research to them.