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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Rewriting Tall Tales

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Learners replace dull text with creative, new vocabulary and revise the teacher's tall tale. They choose words that create a flow to the story and use resources, such as the thesaurus, to find new words.
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Smarties Fractions

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders get with a partner or small group and count the total number of Smarties they have their bag. They separate the Smarties by color and then prepare a bar graph using the variables of color and number. They then use the...
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Primary or Secondary?

For Teachers K
Students explore primary and secondary colors. They manipulate the primary colors in order to produce secondary colors. Students record their findings and they sing the song "Colors". They pick out the sounds and letters.
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Camouflage Creatures

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students discuss the term "camouflage" and how animals come in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. Students then stencil their own animal and then color the animal in acceptable camouflage colors.
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My Habitat

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students explore creatures and their habitats. They examine the concept of camouflage and learn which colors best hide an animal in its habitat. Students create a diorama for a chosen habitat.
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Characteristics of Fish

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders identify the characteristics of fish.
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The Greedy Triangle - Group Activity

For Teachers K
Students explore different shapes and identify them. They make a community map using triangles, rectangles, circles, ovals, squares, pentagons, and hexagons.
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One Sniff Can Kill!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate the question: In what ways can a common household products hurt you? This lesson integrates with drug and alcohol units in science classes as well as language arts in the form of the Public Service Announcement...
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The Greedy Triangle

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students examine the name of a number of geometric shapes including the triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, nonagon, and decagon. They listen to a reading of Marilyn Burns, "The Greedy Triangle," before making shapes...
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What I Read, Acrostic Style

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders use phonemic awareness to breakdown unfamiliar words. They use context clues to figure out the meanings of unknown words and they use the dictionary to figure out the meanings in the text.
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Pumpkins and Adjectives

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Young scholars list adjectives to describe a pumpkin. They will identify an adjective in a sentence. They then will be able to come up with adjectives to describe a noun. They share their sentences with the class or a partner.
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Vowel, Consonant, Vowel Your Way to Better Reading

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders decode sounds and words. In this reading skills lesson, 2nd graders listen to a lecture regarding the vowel, consonant, vowel and vowel, consonant, consonant, vowel pattern found in several words. Students practice...
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Learn Under the Old Masters

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
Learners take a closer look at portraits. In this art appreciation lesson, students may visit the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria Art Gallery, or the Scottish National Portrait Gallery online or in-person to discover works of art.
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Pythagorean Theorem

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Learners solve problems using the Pythagorean Theorem. In this geometry lesson, students identify different parts of a right triangle. They use the Pythagorean Theorem to calculate missing angles and sides.
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What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?

For Teachers K - 5th
A simple tag game wherein players try to get from one end of the gym to the other without being caught by Mr. Fox. The players call out - what time is it Mr. Fox? Mr. Fox replies with a time and the players take that many steps forward....
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The Long and Short Of It! - Discriminating Short and Long Vowel Sounds

For Teachers 1st
First graders recognize short and long vowel sounds, sing vowel sound songs, and hunt for particular vowel sounds in various books. They listen to a variety of books that focus on particular vowel sounds.
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Simplified Spelling for Strugglers

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students participate in five different spelling activities. They say the words, spell them, chunk them and practice them in order to pass a weekly spelling test.
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Ancient Greeks Olympics and Olympians

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students examine the Ancient Greek Olympics and some of the important Olympians. They complete a word search puzzle and a quiz about the material taught in the lesson.
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Everything is Made of Something

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners identify which parts of the earth are solids, liquids or gases. They discover the need to conserve natural resources. They examine different products and what materials are used to make them.
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Diamante Poems

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders discuss what diamante stands for in English. They discover the elements of a Diamante poem by observing the teacher writing a poem. Using their journals, 3rd graders create their poem using different parts of speech and...
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Personification

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders read opening pargraphs in their books and discuss with their peers the meaning of personification. They then identify three instances in the poem "Desert Tortoise" of similarities between humans and animals citing...
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Goldiocks and the Three Bears

For Teachers K
Students participate in a variety of dramatic play activities related to the story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." They discuss the sequence outlines of the story, create a character face to represent their assigned character, and...
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Spelling Word Jeopardy

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders review current spelling words as a group and practice spelling words with different activities. In groups students discuss the spelling words and how they are spelled. Next they make a Jeopardy Board out of cardboard and...
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BUILD A HUMAN BODY PROJECT

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders develop a speech which describes ,the following :3 vocabulary words including definitions and explain to small groups their body system. A student from each group will present to a younger class their human model.