Special Education Teacher Resources

From resources for the special education classroom to accommodations for mainstreamed students with special needs, explore Lesson Planet’s reviewed and rated teaching strategies, assessment tools, apps, lesson plans, videos, resource collections, and activities designed to make learning come alive across disciplines!

Whether new to special education or an experienced veteran, starting out the year can be difficult. Here is a model you could use when developing your own weeklong schedule. There are apps to help instructors write IEP goals and objectives for all kids in your caseload. Check out this video review of one such app.

Lesson Planet has resources, lessons, and apps designed for learners on the autism spectrum, sample lessons provided by an ADHD specialist, lessons for children with moderate disabilities and/or Down syndrome, and activities for other students with profound needs. The resources in our collection are designed to make your job just a little bit easier.

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Reproduction, Day 3: Parenthood

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Reproduction can result in parenthood. Discuss the pros and cons, responsibility, and possible results of sexual intercourse. Intended for a secondary special education class, this lesson plan is developmentally appropriate for mild to...
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Relationships, Day 4: Friendships & Dating

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It is so important to help special needs individuals know the difference between dating and friendship. They define friendship, differentiate between friends and strangers, role-play, practice greetings, then talk about dating. This...
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HIV/AIDS & Other STDs, Day 1: Germs & Risk

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Assist your secondary special education class for understanding risky behavior, hygiene, and STDs. The class discusses how germs spread, how people get sick, and what needs to be done to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. They...
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What Objects Sink and What Objects Float: Special Ed

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Intended for use with children having severe and profound special educational needs, this resource brings practical science to life. In order to understand what objects float and what object sink, learners will predict and test their...
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Skill Building with the Newspaper

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Extra, extra, read all about it! Use a newspaper as the primary resource in a special education classroom to teach reading, writing, and math skills. The activities help class members build their reading skills as well as their knowledge...
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F.L.A.S.H. Introduction

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
F.L.A.S.H stands for Family Life and Sexual Health, it's a program specifically focused on providing special needs learners with vital information regarding personal and sexual health. This is an overview of the program, complete with...
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Dinosaurs Before Dark

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Young readers travel back to the time of the dinosaurs in this literature unit based on the story Dinosaurs Before Dark. Intended for use with upper-elementary special education students, this resource provides reading comprehension,...
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Religion and Ethics: Living with Special Needs

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
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...
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Florida School for the Deaf and Blind

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learn from teachers at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind on ways to reach students of different learning styles and ability levels, as well as how to accommodate learners with special needs in a general education classroom setting.
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EdTech Tuesdays: Signed Stories

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th
A tablet can be a great visual tool for the classroom, and this American sign language tool could be just what you're looking for. Rich and Jennifer provide an overview of the app and point out the features that would be great for...
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Special Education Lesson: Counting by Jumping Squares

For Teachers K - 1st
Get your kids counting and moving with this fun activity. Special-needs students practice counting objects up to 7, count using a numberline, and focus on recognizing the number before and after. This mini lesson finishes with a...
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Relationships, Day 1: Self-Esteem

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Expose your secondary special education class to the importance of belonging and feeling accepted. They define self-esteem, pride, and appreciation. Then create a self collage and share what they like about themselves with the class. A...
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Communication, Day 2: Assertiveness

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Having social skills and being able to assert yourself in a positive way is so important. Students with mild to moderate disabilities engage in a series of activities to practice assertive communication and social skills. Perfect for a...
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Including the Disabled Student

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students read and discuss the history of special education in public schools related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Students work in groups to design ways to modify classroom activities based on the needs of a...
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Special Education Students in the Mainstream Classroom

For Teachers 1st - 6th
How to prepare your mainstream students for a special education student in their classroom.
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What Objects Sink and What Objects Float Science Lesson Plan

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Get your special ed students exploring science. They conduct an experiment to determine why certain objects sink and why certain objects float. This instructional activity is intended for 1st/2nd graders with sever to profound cognitive...
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Disability Research

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
Learners engage in a disability awareness assignment where they research and identify a particular disability, and answer such questions as how the disability might affect the way one learns or what services are available for support.
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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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Communication, Day 3: Asking What You Want

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Mild to moderately disabled secondary students practice asking for what they want. They discuss a scenario, list things they want, then practice asking for those things. Our special needs students need to know how to communicate...
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Lesson 6: Mittens, Socks, Mittens, Socks, Mittens!

For Teachers K - 8th
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,...
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IEP Meetings Aren't Just for the Special Education Department

For Teachers K - 12th
All parties involved benefit when general education teachers attend and contribute to IEP meetings.
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The Museum of Disability Resources: Reading Comprehension

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Everyone is different, and that makes everyone special. Combine empathy and reading skills with a series of reading comprehension activities from the Museum of Disability. The stories and questions encourage your class to see the world...
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Disability: Was He Successful in Concealing It?

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine how President Franklin Roosevelt kept his disability out the public eye. In this presidential history lesson, students analyze political cartoons and information from the Roosevelt Library to determine whether or not...
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EdTech Tuesdays: Choiceworks

For Teachers K - 9th
Support learners with special needs with an app designed to help pupils make choices and follow routines. Jennifer and Rich walk you through how to create a profile and use the main features of this customizable app.