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Fill your special needs classroom with new discoveries daily as you delve into assessments, IEP resources, and curriculum designed just for your students.
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Engineering Lessons Adapted for Special Education

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Modifying engineering lessons from NASA makes them accessible to a wider variety of learners.
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Educating Children about Autism in an Inclusive Classroom

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
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...
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“Gawu” — African-influenced Tapestry

For Teachers K - 12th
Here's a great way to combine environmental science with art. Kids use recycled materials to create their own Gawu, a tapestry made of discards. Although designed for special education classrooms, the activity is sure to engage all...
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Special Education Students in the Mainstream Classroom

For Teachers 1st - 6th
How to prepare your mainstream students for a special education student in their classroom.
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Cars Puzzles (Basic Code Sentences)

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
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,...
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Religion and Ethics: Living with Special Needs

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners explore human behavior by exploring mental and physical disabilities. In this learning disability lesson, students identify the different disabilities learners have which prevent them from working at the same pace as the rest of...
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Lesson 6: Mittens, Socks, Mittens, Socks, Mittens!

For Teachers K - 8th
Mittens and socks, two of my favorite clothing items!  Young learners with special needs, explore clothing appropriate for cold weather. They identify both socks and mittens, discuss weather appropriate clothing, and listen to the story,...
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IEP Meetings Aren't Just for the Special Education Department

For Teachers K - 12th
All parties involved benefit when general education teachers attend and contribute to IEP meetings.
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Adapted Physical Education

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Looking for information about how to adapt physical education for learners with special needs? Check out this packet that provides information about general adaptations, as well as appropriate approaches and activities for children with...
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Life Journey Through Autism: An Educator’s Guide

For Teachers K - 8th
A clear, straightforward guide to autism is a great introduction to educational strategies and resources for educators and parents. With background information about autism, an explanation to educational approaches, resources for...
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Relationships, Day 4: Friendships & Dating

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It is so important to help special needs individuals know the difference between dating and friendship. They define friendship, differentiate between friends and strangers, role-play, practice greetings, then talk about dating. This...
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Communication, Day 5: Saying "No"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
There are many ways to say, no. Secondary special needs students need to know when and how to say no when they feel they are in an uncomfortable situation. They sign, say, and role-play how to say no. Worksheets and role-playing cards...
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Understanding the Body, Day 1: Anatomy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Intended for moderate to severely disabled high schoolers, this lesson focuses on building an understanding of human anatomy. A secondary special education class reviews, identifies, and labels parts of the body. Including the internal...
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Reproduction, Day 3: Parenthood

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Reproduction can result in parenthood. Discuss the pros and cons, responsibility, and possible results of sexual intercourse. Intended for a secondary special education class, this lesson is developmentally appropriate for mild to...
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HIV/AIDS & Other STDs, Day 1: Germs & Risk

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Assist your secondary special education class for understanding risky behavior, hygiene, and STDs. The class discusses how germs spread, how people get sick, and what needs to be done to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. They...
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STD & AIDS, Day 2: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

For Teachers 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,...
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Japanese Festivals and Holidays

For Teachers 3rd - 11th
Bring the excitement and beauty of Japanese festivals into your classroom. Kids with special needs create calendars that reflect special festivals and holidays common to Japanese culture. They start the project by creating a list of...
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Vocabulary/Reading Lesson for Students with Severe Intellectual Disabilities

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
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,...
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Rubric for Mathematics Development

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Assess your learners' math skills with a mathematics development rubric. It addresses counting, grouping, recognizing and sequencing, printing numbers, sorting and putting shapes in size order, making patterns, and recognizing shapes.
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Reading Functional Weather Sight Words

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Sight words, word recognition, and flash card drills are the mode for teaching that is outlined here. To increase weather vocabulary and content specific word recognition, kids with special needs work through flash card drills. The...
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Colors of Winter-Body Parts/Senses

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Fun is in the air as learners with special needs engage in sensory-filled activities. They discuss color, snow, cold, winter, and body parts while touching and smelling various objects. They discuss the parts of the body with relation to...
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Big and Small

For Teachers K - 6th
Sorting big and small objects builds spacial reasoning classification, and visual discrimination skills. Your class will read a story about big and small bubbles, practice identifying big and small objects, then sort big and small balls...
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Falling into Shapes

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Children with special needs participate in several activities to reinforce shape and color recognition. They sign the word leaf, sing a song about leaves, and bounce leaves around on a parachute. They then help the instructor name...
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I Do, We Do, You Do

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
One simple teaching strategy can have a powerful effect on student learning on a daily basis. Take a look at one teacher's approach to preparing class members for independent work with "I Do, We Do, You Do", and discover how this...