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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History of Thanksgiving

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders watch a video about the first Thanksgiving and the history of the events surrounding it.  In this research lesson, 6th graders break into groups and research Thanksgiving to create a presentation with their findings. 
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Juicy, Succulent, Interesting, and Sensational Descriptive Words and Synonyms

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders write a poem with descriptive language. In this descriptive words words lesson students listen to poetry and count descriptive words that they find. The students discuss synonyms. the teacher acts as a scribe and the class...
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Fresh Fruit Smoothie

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students explore healthy eating by researching recipes. In this fruit smoothie lesson, students utilize a blender, yogurt, cutting utensils and several different fruits to create a healthy drink which is good for the body. Students...
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The Physics of the Planets: How 16th and 17th Century Physicist Helped Us Understand Our Solar System

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders draw the paths of the planets in the solar system. In this astronomy lesson plan, 8th graders calculate speed of objects using distance and time information. They research about the work of scientists in the 16th and 17th...
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Plants and Animals

For Teachers K - 1st
Students find common needs between plants and animals. In this plants and animals activity students compare that both plants and animals need food and water. They also find the differences between plant and animal needs.
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ESL Network: Tezen, A Haitian Folktale

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders brainstorm various types of friendships prior to reading "Tezen," a tale about a young girl's friendship with a fish. After writing story reviews, they work in small groups to create dramatic skits based on the text and...
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Tobacco and Organisms

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students work in teams to design and carry out experiments which show the effects of tobacco / nicotine on organisms. They write reports which are submitted to "The Company" and prepare oral reports which are presented to the class.
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Soil Types

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders, given different soil samples, observe and record the different characteristics and make logical guesses of where each soil is taken from. (Either a field, construction site, a lake, woods, and a driveway.)
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Ship Ahoy!

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders develop a schedule of fitness activities to meet the needs of a diverse group of people with a wide range of ages, physical abilities, and fitness levels. An instructional manager be assigned to each station to lead the...
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The Aquatic Environment

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders focus on the various types of fish living in different water environments. In groups, they research the different methods used to fish and participate in experiments to determine the effects of mercury on fish, the...
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Government

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders run for various offices. They dress up like a politician, pretend to be running for an office, and tell the students why they should vote for him/her. They explain why it is necessary for a community to have a government
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Caloric Burning Activities

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders use problem solving, decision making and basic math skills to calculate calories used during different activities. They determine the relation between food intake and activity. Students also figure out the activity,...
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Reflection of Light and Mirrors

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students address common misconceptions concerning reflection, light and mirrors. They investigate light reflection in mirrors and determine how light is transferred to the eye. In addition, they make predictions and then test them...
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Life Skill Communication

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students use  digital camera to document the needs for daily living. In this life skills and visual arts lesson, students create class books that include photographs of everyday objects that they use in their home, school and personal...
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Word Pairs

For Teachers 3rd - 10th
Students compare similar words that are often confused. In this Language arts activity, students review meanings of words that are often confused. Students complete a worksheet and sentences to practice correct usage of these words.
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My Favorite Animal and Me

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students research their favorite animal. They create their own fact book to share about their animal and their habitat.