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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Introduction to the Human Skeleton Science Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students identify and explain the purpose of some bones in the human skeleton, explain the organization of the human skeleton and develop questions about the human body and skeleton.
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A Taste of Canadian Confederation : Map Skills, Geography, Canadian History

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders construct a map of the Canadian provinces on top of a cake with icing and include a legend with varied information.
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Self Esteem

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders are introduced to the concept of self esteem - both high and low. Through role play, a hands-on activity and responding to literature, 9th graders explore the issues of self esteem.
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Fun With Quotations

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students punctuate and capitalize quotations correctly in their writing. Using Far Side comics projected on a screen, students create captions using quotation marks appropriately.
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Inferencing and Summarizing with Miss Alaineus

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students make inferences from a text, summarizing and giving at least two strategies to use when reading a narrative text to increase understanding of the text.
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Fruit Poetry

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Students identify metaphors and similes in poetry, and use descriptive language when writing a poem contrasting the inside and outside of a piece of fruit.
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Vasarely and Op Art

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students identify the artist Victor Vasarely and describe Op Art. They can explain the illusion of Optical Art and can express their feelings about this effectiveness of the idea.
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AP. Spanish Literature

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students create a Spanish Literature book to better explain stories taught in AP. Spanish literature.
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Rainforest Birds

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students describe the appearance of a selected bird from the Rainforest and identify the bird's main food source and its predators. They list three interesting facts about the bird.
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The Greek Creation Myth

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders are introduced to Greek mythology. They create a timeline of events in small groups.
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Pocket Poems

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders study the poem, "If We Must Die," by Claude McKay. Then, in groups, they write poems and decorate them in order to send them to the soldiers in Iraq.
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For Teachers K - 12th
Students become "buddies" with military veterans from the local nursing center.
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Teach Describing Words

For Teachers 1st
First graders explore adjectives. They identify describing words in a book, "Go Away Big, Green Monster." They create a chart of all words. Students draw their own monster. They write a sentence with two describing words.
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For Teachers K - 4th
Students experiment with how colors combine to form new colors, how liquid matter is absorbed into the molecules of a solid. To create context for the lesson they discuss the colors of the rainbow and the order of appearance.
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Make Your Own Constellation Myth

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders participate in a lesson that integrates Science and Language Arts. They become familiar with 3 constellations and the myths attached to them. Students create their own constellation and write a myth about their creation!
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Voting Rights

For Teachers K - 5th
Students investigate the importance of our voting right by participating in a class discussion about the constitution, electoral collage, and amendments. The students take part in a role play where they investigate the history of voting.