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Students complete activities from a special education newspaper. For this News-2 lesson, students read the paper, play games, and complete worksheets. Subscription to newspaper is required.
Many developmentally disabled learners struggle with accurately conveying messages and interpreting those of others around them, especially when they are non-verbal. This instructional activity contains fun activities and exercises, such as talking with their hands and reacting scenes, as well as great instructional support to practice these skills. Learners review body language and paraphrasing as tools for improving communication.
Using Sign Language to Communicate with Your Special-Needs Students in the Classroom
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.
Students are introduced to teaching strategies for meeting the needs of students with disabilities in general education settings. Teachers become familiar with the various modifications, interventions, accommodations and strategies that help teach students with disabilities in general education.
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.
In this Disabilities Day instructional 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 consider a fictional situation in which literacy could spell the difference between life and death. They apply their knowledge of how reading empowers people by creating a literacy program that addresses the special needs of a specific community.
Ninth graders explore the differences in language for referring to people: disabled, handicapped or challenged. In this people with disabilities lesson, 9th graders define the words and discuss common usage. Students complete a worksheet using these guidelines.
Students in a special education class work to improve their endurance. As a class, they complete the same exercises at the beginning of each class trying to increase the number of reps. They are also introduced to healthy eating habits and discuss the importance of eating certain items in moderation.
Sixth graders in a special education class discuss excerpts of two stories and read biographical information on the authors. In groups, they read the full text of both stories and try to solve the mystery as they read. They practice their skills working with others and write in their journals to reflect on the lesson.
Students in a special education class identify the setting in various photographs. Using the photo, they share what they believe is going on and what the characters are doing. They use the internet to choose pictures from a historical website that have a setting.
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.
Second graders read different folk tales and discuss them. They are given a template of a letter and they are to write a friendly letter. Special education students are paired with advanced students to help them.
Students explore self-esteem and create a self-portrait collage. They discuss things they like about themselves, things they are able to do on their own, and reasons people appreciate them. They demonstrate how to give and receive compliments.
Students review gender identification and label themselves female or male. They identify the parts of the human body and practice using appropriate vocabulary. They complete a worksheet to complete the lesson.
Pupils create "Shamrock Men" using construction paper, pre-cut patterns, glue, and scissors in this lesson that celebrates St. Patrick's Day. The lesson was originally create for a Special Education class but could be adapted for younger general education classes.
Teenagers explain the process from making the decision to have a baby to parenthood. They identify the positive and negative aspects of parenting. In small groups, they browse catalogs of baby equipment and evaluate the cost of supporting a new baby. Enough extension activities are suggested to make this a week-long topic within your life skills or health curriculum.
Get to talking with your special needs class. In pairs, they take turns telling each other where to go on a schematic map. They work to ask questions, answer questions, and check if their partner understands their directions, or if he needs clarification.