Independent Living Skills Teacher Resources

Prepare learners with disabilities for success when it comes to independent living skills. Browse curriculum on everything from basic kitchen tools and grocery shopping to home safety and financial literacy.
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Cooking and Kitchen Tools

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Independent living skills and skills that can be used to gain employment are very important for any learner. Teens with visual impairments explore the kitchen to understand what everything is and what it all does. The lesson includes a...
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Understanding the Body, Day 3: Sexual Health & Hygiene

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Ideal for secondary moderately disabled special ed students, this lesson focuses on personal hygiene and self-care. They discuss a case study and role-play to introduce the importance of good hygiene then discuss current appropriate...
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Cooking Skills: Special Education

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Ham and Cheese Puffs

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
A simple cooking recipe can become an entire lesson when you have your class discuss following directions, measuring, and basic cooking skills. Intended for a special education audience, this simple dish can help build basic independent...
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Integrated Skills - Laundry

For Teachers 6th - 12th
I hate doing laundry, even if it is an independent living skill that requires me to count money, follow a sequence, and sort clothing by color. Learners with multiple disabilities discuss what laundry is, why they need to do it, and how...
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Souper Wheelies: Recipe Activity

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Your special education class can use this simple recipe for more than just cooking. They'll find correctly spelled words, put words from the recipe in ABC order, circle the correct measurement, and identify items that are in recipe by...
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Home Living / Daily Living: Nail Care

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
Nails can get really dirty really fast. Prepare your special education class for life on their own by introducing them to a regular nail care routine. They discuss why it is important to care for your nails and practice washing,...
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Home Living/ Daily Living: Food Pyramid

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
What did you have for lunch? Did it contain all four food groups? Help your special education class make good food choices and recognize foods in each of the four food groups. They look at images and discuss the foods on the food pyramid...
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Home Living / Daily Living Lesson Plan—Mastery Healthy Food

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Everyone needs to know how to eat well to stay healthy. Learners with mild disabilities log what they eat, discuss food choices, and review healthy foods. The lesson could be used to foster living skills in high-functioning individuals...
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Home Living / Daily Living: Personal Hygiene—Use of Napkin

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Staying clean is a big part of staying healthy and looking good in the community. Personal hygiene and napkin use are the focus of this activity. Your class will eat a messy food, look in a mirror to see if their face is messy, then...
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Basic Pedestrian Safety Signs and Procedures

For Teachers K - 8th
Including a full procedure and a safety game, this lesson is sure to be a winner in your special ed class. They practice identifying basic safety signs, looking both ways, and crossing at the signal. They then play a pedestrian safety...
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Leisure Skill Participation Using Choice Training

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
It may seem odd to have to train a person to make free time choices, but for those with severe handicaps, it can be a skill that needs fostering. Provided is a list of steps, intended to train a severely disabled individual in choosing...
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Taco Grande

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
What do you use to chop an onion or brown the meat? Learners with special needs read through a taco recipe, then use it to complete three different academic development activities. They circle the best utensil for the job, match each...
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Snack and Drink Preparation Skills

For Teachers 4th - 12th
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...
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First-aid Safety Skills

For Teachers 3rd - Higher Ed
Everyone gets minor cuts and scrapes now and then. Provide your special education class with the skills they needs to clean and bandage a small wound. Use read marker (fake blood) on your arm and show your class how to wash and dress it....
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Cell Phone Usage When Lost

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Getting lost can be scary for anybody. Hone communication skills necessary when attempting to ask for help in a scary situation. Learners with special needs discuss how to know they're lost and how to use a cell phone to call for help....
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Home Living/Life Skills: Face Washing

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
Having good hygiene skills is a very important part of living an independent life. Learners with special needs follow sequencing cards to practice washing their faces. They follow each step in the process and discuss the importance of...
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Grocery Shopping

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Grab those reusable bags, it's time to go shopping! Intended to foster independent living skills in learners with visual impairments, the lesson covers several topics related to grocery shopping. They start by planning a meal, reading...
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Home Living/ Daily Live: Fire Safety

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Learners with special needs discuss the importance of fire safety. They visit smokey.com, discuss where fires commonly occur, and how to prevent them. They then practice responding to a fire-related emergency.
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Using a Cell Phone When Lost in the Community

For Teachers 7th - 12th
We have all been lost at some point and for Special Needs individuals getting lost in the community can be a real issue. They prepare for a life of independence by memorizing their phone number and practicing what to do if they are lost....
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Teaching Safety Skills

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Staying safe at home is as important a skill as staying safe out in the community. Your special ed class can practice what to do in a dangerous kitchen situation. They use gloves, dust pans, brooms, and paper towels to practice...
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Student Handout - Situations

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Everybody misses work now and then, or runs a little late. Prepare your special needs class with practice communicating their difficulties in getting up and getting to work. They look at each of the six scenarios, describe them and...
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Home Living / Daily Living: Dental Care

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Don't forget to brush! Help your special education class excel at taking care of their wonderful smiles. They'll discuss proper brushing and flossing techniques, watch a video on dental hygiene, and then brush their teeth. 
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Cashing a Check and Using an ATM

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Banking is a key skill all individuals should practice. Provide a hands-on exercise to encourage the proper method of writing a check and using an ATM. The lesson prompts special needs students with full assistance until mastery is...

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