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.

Showing 961 - 984 of 4,193 resources
Lesson Planet

Locomotor Patterns and Combinations

For Teachers K - 1st
Students observe and demonstrate sliding and galloping locomotor patterns and combinations. They participate in a running warm-up activity, observe teacher-led demonstrations of sliding and galloping, and demonstrate each skill during a...
Lesson Planet

Boinging into Basics

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Student recite a provided poem, and point out to the listeners how the language used in the poem adds to its "flavor." They select a series of pictures from magazines and post them in collage fashion on a large piece of tagboard....
Lesson Planet

Introduction to Fractions

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Learners review the elements of a fraction. They then use a piece of rectangular paper to color and fold into different equal parts. After all fractions have been made, the students use their pieces to review equivalent fractions.
Lesson Planet

Writing Process - Expand your sentences

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students edit sentences passed out by the teacher. They first identify how to add details to the sentence to make it clearer. They then add details and emphasis to give the sentence more substance. They are encouraged to do this in...
Lesson Planet

Soil Layers - Chemical Erosion

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students build a model of the soil layers by filling a clear mason jar with six different colors of sand. The students work together to identify which color stands for which layer. They record the layers of their jar in a journal.
Lesson Planet

Candy Heart Sentences

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Student will create sentences using proper punctuation. They use correct grammar when creating sentences using the candy hearts. They then attempt to create a paragraph creating structured sentences.
Lesson Planet

Five Dollars

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders catch and throw balls at all levels high, medium, and low while counting their points up from the balls that they catch. They are asked the skills that they have already explored in softball from the previous class. ...
Lesson Planet

Wearing My Genes: Basic Principles of Heredity

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore heredity. In this science lesson plan, students examine what heredity is, distinguish the difference between the dominant and recessive genes, explain the difference between phenotype and genotype, and predict the...
Lesson Planet

Air Exerting Pressure

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Students explore air pressure. In this science lesson plan, students show how air occupies space and exerts pressure and learn how great the effects of air pressure can be.
Lesson Planet

Vocabulary & Language Development

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Learners develop their vocabulary skills. In this vocabulary and language lesson, students practice naming everyday objects as they take part in 3 classroom activities that require them to note attributes of everyday objects their...
Lesson Planet

Vocabulary Practice: Choose the Correct Completion

For Students 5th - 6th
In this sentence completion worksheet, students read 16 sentences and choose the best word to fit in the sentence from two choices.
Lesson Planet

Poetry: Developing a Taste

For Teachers 3rd
Students identify nouns in poems. In this poems lesson plan, students read poems, discuss them, analyze them, learn the rhythm, and ultimately define nouns that they discover in their poems.
Lesson Planet

Word Family Web

For Teachers 1st
First graders play a game. In this word families lesson, 1st graders play a game where they practice word families and making words.
Lesson Planet

Plant Life Cycle

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students study plant life and their life cycles. In this plant life lesson, students complete a KWL chart about plant life knowledge. Students then plant a seed, care for it, and observe the plant for a week. Students draw pictures of...
Lesson Planet

Identifying Heroes: Historical and Personal

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders consider what it means to be an American hero, In this historical analysis lesson, 7th graders examine photographs of historical figures, identify the heroes, and discuss how the heroes have impacted the lives of others.
Lesson Planet

John Smith's Map of Chesapeake Bay

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore Virginia geography.  In this Virginia history and geography lesson plan, students examine a copy of the map John Smith used to explore Virginia.  Students compare and contrast this map with a current map, and complete a...
Lesson Planet

Nutritional Influence on Illness and Disease

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine nutritionally related diseases and illnesses, evaluating studies and developing topics for a science fair project. They investigate bacteria, researching how it can be harmful or helpful, and create illustrated displays.
Lesson Planet

Fishing For Vowels

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students participate in a hands-on imaginary fishing trip to help them recognize grade appropriate sight words. They are expected to listen to a word and identify the short vowel sound heard.
Lesson Planet

The Bakery - Word Problems

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students solve money word problem questions regarding buying items at the bakery.
Lesson Planet

Exothermic Reactions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners experiment, observe, measure, and analyze what occurs during an exothermic reaction. They safely design an experiment, control variables, and properly dispose of materials.
Lesson Planet

Spring Haiku

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students take a walk outside to observe signs of spring. They record observations of what they hear, see, smell and feel and record them on a sheet of paper using a clipboard.
Lesson Planet

Newspaper Article - Viewing and Representing

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students investigate how photos convey messages in mass media. They write an article that they associate with a picture and draw a cartoon to associate with an article.
Lesson Planet

Geometric Shape Dances

For Teachers K - 4th
Pupils use movement and dance in order to strengthen mathematical understanding of different geometric shapes. The movements are imitating the drawing of shapes and they pick one to make into a dance. Upon beginning the dance music can...
Lesson Planet

Edible DNA

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students use multicolored soft candies (gumdrops and candy orange slices) and toothpicks to create models of DNA structures. They discuss the fact that DNA must copy itself before splitting into two cells. Students demonstrate this by...