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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The Atomic Bomb Dilemma

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine consequences of using atomic bomb in light of resulting peace, distinguish between fact and opinion and analyze sources to recognize bias and points of view, and assume role of reporter, critic, cabinet member, or...
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Classification 2

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students discuss what makes a living thing (for example, cellular respiration) and collect a selection of living things from outside. They divide their organisms into plants and animals and create a key for the divisions.
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Mad Lib - An Interactive Internet Lesson

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders will be able to write using appropriate forms, conventions, and styles to communicate ideas and information to different audiences for different purposes. They create an online mad lib tale.
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Color Patterns

For Teachers K
Students discuss color patterns. They identify colors and shapes. Students count shapes and identify patterns. They create pictures of basic patterns, shapes, and colors using crayons.
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How Does Your Heart Rate?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students work with partners to count their pulse for 1 minute. After 1 minute students record their pulse rate on graph paper. Next students do different exercises for 1 minute. After each exercise students write down the exercise and...
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The Color Wheel

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students study and define primary colors and secondary colors. Using a compass, students draw a circle on a piece of paper and divide it into 12 pie pieces. They create a color wheel and demonstrate color mixing.
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Geometric Art

For Teachers K - 4th
Students identify the differences among visual characteristics of art in order to convey ideas. They describe the different features of art and create an original piece of art using geometric shapes.
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Comprehension For Trick or Treat Little Critter

For Teachers K
Students make a logical guess on what they believe is going to happen in the story Trick or Treat Little Critter based on only seeing the cover of the book and knowing the title and author of the book. After the book is read they state...
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The Giving Tree

For Teachers K - 1st
Students listen to the story "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein and examine the character trait of respect. They answer story discussion questions, role-play the tree and the boy throughout the story, and create a poster or a skit...
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Caps for Sale!

For Teachers K - 1st
Students perform the story "Caps For Sale." They listen to the story, sing the songs and perform actions for each song, and rehearse and perform the play, rotating the role of peddler so each student plays various roles in the play.
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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

For Teachers 1st
First graders make predictions regarding the book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." They view the cover and make predictions on a class cookie map, then listen to the story, making predictions throughout. Students then compare their...
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The Color Wheel

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students are given bags of skittles. They put the candy in rainbow order (ROYGBV). They then draw a circle using a compass and use a ruler to cut the circle into 12 pie pieces. Next, the students place the primary colors on the color...
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Mad Lib - An Interactive Internet Lesson

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders review the parts of speech. They then listen to a Mad Lib read out loud to the class. They will now be able to write using appropriate forms, conventions, and styles to communicate ideas and information to different...
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Balloon Fun

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students use fine motor skills. They use concentration while playing with balloons. Students control their bodies in order to move and catch the balloons. They use their fine movement skills to hit the balloons.
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The Water Cycle

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars study the process of the water cycle. They will then make a model of the two main parts of the water cycle and practice inferring and predicting to answer various questions about their model.
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Music - O Brother, Where Art Thou?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students practice singing with correct posture. They sight read music and sing in choral harmony. Students identify the characteristics of a melody and examine the style of Southern Baptist hymns.