Special Education Teacher Resources
From the special education classroom to accomodations for students with varying levels of disability, explore teaching strategies and lesson plans to make learning come alive across disciplines!
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Sexual Education Assessment Tool: Special Education
9th - 12th
The FLASH program in Seattle has put together a set of questions for special education classes covering sexual education. Some of the topics include appropriate, inappropriate, self-esteem, puberty, hygiene, reproduction, and sexually...
Building Analysis Skills Through Art
13 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Useful teaching strategies abound in this inspirational, informative video! Walk step by step through one teacher's two-part lesson in her special education/ELL class as they develop text analysis skills by first beginning with analyzing...
Phonemic Awareness of Short Vowel Sounds
K - 2nd CCSS: Adaptable
Get those kids ready to read with increased phonemic awareness! Children in grades K-2 will participate in a variety of stimulating activities to practice sounding out, identifying, and reading simple cvc words. Pupils will sign, sing,...
Using Poetry in Teaching Reading to Special Education Students
6th - 9th
A series of well-written activities, these lessons prompt middle schoolers reading below grade level (at a second, third, or fourth grade level) to use poetry to practice basic reading skills. They rhyme, build words, make inferences,...
Mastering a Student's Personal Information in a Special Education Classroom
2nd - 5th
Your special education students can memorize their personal information. In order to master their personal information, they create a photo book to help them remember names, birthdays, addresses, phone numbers, then take pictures to...
Promoting Disability Awareness and Acceptance in Childhood
K - 12th
Create a safe and respectful school environment with the help of this special education teaching guide. Offering dozens of instructional ideas and activities for raising awareness and acceptance of children with disabilities, this is a...
Disability Awareness Activity Packet
Pre-K - 5th CCSS: Adaptable
Bring awareness to disabilities with a packet consisting of a variety of activities designed to inform scholars about disabilities—autism, hearing impairments, physical disabilities, and more! Learners test their communication skills,...
Skill Building with the Newspaper
5th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Extra, extra, read all about it! Use a newspaper as the primary resource in a special education classroom to teach reading, writing, and math skills. The activities help class members build their reading skills as well as their knowledge...
What Objects Sink and What Objects Float: Special Ed
Pre-K - 3rd
Intended for use with children having severe and profound special educational needs, this resource brings practical science to life. In order to understand what objects float and what object sink, learners will predict and test their...
Understanding the Body, Day 3: Sexual Health & Hygiene
9th - 12th
Ideal for secondary moderately disabled special ed students, this lesson focuses on personal hygiene and self-care. They discuss a case study and role-play to introduce the importance of good hygiene then discuss current appropriate...
What Objects Sink and What Objects Float Science Lesson Plan
1st - 2nd
Get your special ed students exploring science. They conduct an experiment to determine why certain objects sink and why certain objects float. This lesson is intended for 1st/2nd graders with sever to profound cognitive disabilities.
The Museum of Disability Resources: Reading Comprehension
K - 3rd
Everyone is different, and that makes everyone special. Combine empathy and reading skills with a series of reading comprehension activities from the Museum of Disability. The stories and questions encourage your class to see the world through the eyes of children with disabilities, and the ways that they navigate the problems they encounter.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Disability: Was He Successful in Concealing It?
8th - 12th
Students examine how President Franklin Roosevelt kept his disability out the public eye. In this presidential history lesson, students analyze political cartoons and information from the Roosevelt Library to determine whether or not...
STD & AIDS, Day 2: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
9th - 12th
Keep your secondary special education class informed and aware of STDs, HIV, and AIDS. They learn what STD stands for, how STDs are transmitted, and how to protect themselves. A case study, note to care provider, handouts, transparency,...
Breaking News English - ESL/EFL Lesson Plan - Disability
9th - 11th
Students complete ESL/EFL reading comprehension and vocabulary building activities. In this ESL/EFL current events lesson plan, students read or listen to the article "Paralysed Man Takes Hopeful First Steps," (22nd May, 2011). They work...
Educating Children about Autism in an Inclusive Classroom
K - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
How do we meet the needs of learners with autism? Find out with an in-depth study that offers a thorough explanation of autism—what it is and how unique every individual's case may be, nine lesson plans spanning from kindergarten to 12th...
Exploitation, Day 2: Exploitation and Getting Help
9th - 12th
Exploitation is a real issue for the disabled community. Secondary Special Education students learn what exploitation is, their personal rights, and how to say no. They focus on finding a trusted adult to get help if they have been taken...
President's Day for Special Education/Early Elementary
K - 1st
Learners investigate how both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington displayed the trait of honesty. They listen to read alouds of class books and poems that address both the lives of these men and the trait of honesty. They use a graphic...
Reading Summarize - Putting the "Able" in Disabled
4th - 7th
In this summarizing learning exercise, students read a passage about a disabled student then underline what they learned form the beginning, middle, and end of the passage. Students record this information in a graphic organizer then use...
Stellaluna Lesson: Increase Oral Language Development and Story Comprehension
1st - 6th
To be used with the BRAIDY system, this lesson plan works to increase oral language and reading comprehension. Special needs pupils review parts of a story, sequence of events, and create a Venn diagram showing the differences between...
Cars Puzzles (Basic Code Sentences)
1st - 3rd CCSS: Adaptable
Vroom vroom into reading skills! Bring a set of reading puzzles based on Disney's Cars to your special education or mainstream class. Each strip features a code sentence with the same vowel sound, and when kids put the strips together,...
Vocabulary/Reading Lesson for Students with Severe Intellectual Disabilities
4th - 6th CCSS: Adaptable
Here is a great little reading and vocabulary development lesson created just for learners with special needs. The lesson is constructed with both core content and necessary adaptations in mind. The group will use PECS, pointing/gesture,...
Chapter 12 Teacher Guide and Student Log
6th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Chapter 12 of Francesco D'Adamo's Iqbal is the focus of a packet of intervention materials designed to improve the reading comprehension of learners with special needs. The lesson plan follows the routines and procedures established in...
Chapter 10 Teacher Guide and Student Log
6th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Intended to be used with the 10th chapter of Francesco D’Adamo’s novel, Iqbal, a novel about child labor. The 42-page packet of intervention materials is designed to improve the reading comprehension of learners with special needs. As...
Home Living / Daily Living: Importance of Keeping a Healthy Body Weight
9th - 12th
Prepare your special education class for a healthy life. They visit with a nutritionist, practice simple exercises, and discuss healthy food choices. They then make goals for weight loss and management. Additional supporting activity...
The Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the United States
6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Would I be able to access all areas of the school if I used a wheelchair? Or if I could not see? After brainstorming a list of typical life activities, class members assume the role of a person with a specific disability and consider...
Introduction to the Civilization of Ancient Greece
8th - 10th
Students explore Greece. In this introduction to ancient Greece instructional activity, students locate and circle the names of the bodies of water surrounding Greece, then underline the names of important cities in Greece on a world map...
Teaching Grocery Shopping Using Computer Based Instruction
9th - 12th
Who doesn't need to buy groceries now and then? Prepare your special needs class for an upcoming trip to the grocery store. They practice matching the words on the shopping list to images of each item. They then use their list to locate...