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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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Sexual Education Assessment Tool: Special Education

For Teachers 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...
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Special Education Poetry Idea

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Use this simple activity to introduce poetry to your junior high or high school special education class. Learners take turns writing lines that rhyme with a word you assigned. After all the sentences are written, they arrange them to...
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iPad Apps for Your Special Education Class

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Swing into technology with these special education apps that are perfect for your learners.
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Teaching Life Skills to Students with Special Needs

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Ideas for instilling essential life skills in learners with special needs.
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Special Education Fitness Challenge

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Make fitness a part of each and every day. Special Ed students are given charts with maps and record keeping information. They are given a 20-week period (late October to late March, when the weather is cool enough) to walk that...
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Special Education Plan

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Special needs young scholars practice completing everyday tasks such as organizing a day plan, reading a clock and completing simple math problems. They define the proper learning techniques for their disorder and utilize props in...
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Sort it Out-Natural, Capital, and Human Resources

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Your class can view a slide show including photographs of various human, natural, and capital resources found in the United States. They work in groups to sort pictures into 3 categories, and then complete a related Venn diagram.
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Cooking Skills: Special Education

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Using the microwave, boiling water for pasta, and using a knife to make a sandwich are all independent living skills. Prepare your special needs students for life by having them prepare three easy-to-cook items. Each skill is laid out as...
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Building Analysis Skills Through Art

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
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...
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Promoting Disability Awareness and Acceptance in Childhood

For Teachers 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...
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Communication Skills: Special Education

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Get to talking with your special needs class. In pairs, they take turns telling each other where to go on a schematic map. They work to ask questions, answer questions, and check if their partner understands their directions, or if he...
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Mastering a Student's Personal Information in a Special Education Classroom

For Teachers 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...
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Game template

For Students K - 6th
Playing games can be a fun way to learn social engagement skills. This is nothing more that a 11 block game template, but it can be used with special needs or Autistic children to foster social skills. They will need to follow...
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Adding One Digit Numbers

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young mathematicians explore adding one digit numbers. In this primary special needs math lesson, children count and add beads with a partner. They interact with a screen cast as they combine beads, then check themselves by viewing the...
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F.L.A.S.H. Introduction

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
F.L.A.S.H stands for Family Life and Sexual Health, it's a program specifically focused on providing special needs learners with vital information regarding personal and sexual health. This is an overview of the program, complete with...
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Dinosaurs Before Dark

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Young readers travel back to the time of the dinosaurs in this literature unit based on the story Dinosaurs Before Dark. Intended for use with upper-elementary special education learners, this resource provides reading comprehension,...
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Using Poetry in Teaching Reading to Special Education Students

For Teachers 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,...
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Algebra Skills: Support at Every Step

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"My biggest challenge in class is to get some students to put a pen to paper, because they don't want to make a mistake." Discover how two teachers are working to help special education students develop the skills they will need in an...
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Skill Building with the Newspaper

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
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...
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EdTech Tuesdays: Signed Stories

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th
A tablet can be a great visual tool for the classroom, and this American sign language tool could be just what you're looking for. Rich and Jennifer provide an overview of the app and point out the features that would be great for...
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EdTech Tuesdays: Choiceworks

For Teachers K - 9th
Support learners with special needs with an app designed to help pupils make choices and follow routines. Jennifer and Rich walk you through how to create a profile and use the main features of this customizable app.
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Florida School for the Deaf and Blind

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learn from teachers at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind on ways to reach students of different learning styles and ability levels, as well as how to accommodate learners with special needs in a general education classroom setting.
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Special Education Lesson: Counting by Jumping Squares

For Teachers K - 1st
Get your kids counting and moving with this fun activity. Special-needs learners practice counting objects up to 7, count using a numberline, and focus on recognizing the number before and after. This mini lesson finishes with a...
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Flipping Fours

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Quadrilaterals beget quadrilaterals. Scholars apply transformations to figures on a coordinate plane drawn on a floor and on graph paper. As hinted in the title, the resource focuses solely on transformations of quadrilaterals.
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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...
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Home & School: School

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
What are some of the essential items and words students need to know for going to class? Designed for special education students but with a variety of applications, here you'll find a set of 12 picture cards that include images and terms...
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Historical Figure Picture Book

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Here is a really fun way to teach historical fiction and research at the same time.  The class researches the life of Annie Sullivan and then uses facts from her life to create a historical fiction where they are time travelers going...
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Genetic Variation Worksheet

For Students 9th - 12th
Fill- in-the-blank, labeling, and short answer questions make up this well-written cell division worksheet. Neat diagrams of chromosomes and dividing cells are included. Junior biologists show what they know about reproduction, meiosis,...
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Chapter 12 Teacher Guide and Student Log

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
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 follows the routines and procedures established in the...
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Chapter 10 Teacher Guide and Student Log

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
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...
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ASL: Building a functional vocabulary

For Teachers 2nd - Higher Ed
Best resource ever! Teaching and learning to teach ASL just got easier. For special education teachers or those working with hearing impaired students, this lesson provides story and time telling practice using ASL. Each blue link you...
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A Historical and Educational Perspective on American Sign Language

For Teachers Pre-K - Higher Ed
Using Sign Language to Communicate with Your Special-Needs Students in the Classroom
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Understanding the Body: Day 2, Puberty

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Everyone needs to know what to expect when going through puberty. Intended for a special education class, this well developed and developmentaly appropriate resource provides a full days instruction on teaching teens with special needs...
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Understanding What Reading Is All About: Teaching Materials for Adult Basic Education Learners

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Adult special education learners focus on literacy across 13 detailed lessons. They utilize real-life text interactions to learn about components of reading, word analysis, sight words, fluency, vocabulary, and spelling. There is also a...
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Teacher Templates

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Letter by letter, sound by sound, monitor the growth of your emergent readers with these assessment templates. Adaptable to the needs of individual students, these one-on-one assessments focus on children's ability to identify letters...
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Basic Pedestrian Safety Signs and Procedures

For Teachers K - 8th
Including a full procedure and a safety game, this instructional activity is sure to be a winner in your special ed class. They practice identifying basic safety signs, looking both ways, and crossing at the signal. They then play a...
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Respecting the Ideas of Others

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Communicating clearly is one part of a successful conversation, but listening to others is just as important. Individuals with special needs plan calm responses and reactions to differing opinions with a collaborative activity.
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Home Living / Daily Living: Nail Care

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
Nails can get really dirty really fast. Prepare your special education class for life on their own by introducing them to a regular nail care routine. They discuss why it is important to care for your nails and practice washing,...
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No-Fire Nouveau Tiles

For Teachers K - 12th
Kiln-glazed ceramics not an option? Kids can create their own art nouveau tiles using ceramic bisque tiles. The packet includes a video to prepare and inspire your artists, as well as detailed directions for various age groups, a...
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Lesson Plan – Sentences: Prepositions

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Three practice worksheets, goal setting procedure, and basic instructional practices are what you'll find in this special education or adult literacy lesson plan. People with special needs, such as reading delay, practice writing...
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Travis the Train and the St. Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt

For Students K - 6th
If your special education class has reviewed St. Patrick's Day vocabulary and customs, then this book is perfect. Travis the Train gives them clues related to St. Patrick's Day items. They use their deductive reasoning to provide...
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3 Little Pigs Vocabulary

For Students K - 6th
Prime your Autistic or special education pupil with this image-rich vocabulary preview. To be used with the story, Three Little Pigs, these cards each contain an image and the associated word or phrase that relates to the story.
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Home Living/ Daily Living: Food Pyramid

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
What did you have for lunch? Did it contain all four food groups? Help your special education class make good food choices and recognize foods in each of the four food groups. They look at images and discuss the foods on the food pyramid...
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Birthday Verbs

For Students K - 6th
Use this vocabulary development resource as flash cards or with an iPad. Autistic or special needs pupils can review birthday related vocabulary words. Each word is a verb and each associated image shows that verb as it is occurring at a...
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Travis the Train: Spring Time Animals

For Students K - 6th
Tag along with Travis the Train as he encounters various baby animals that live on the farm. The spring time story introduces special-needs or autistic children to the types of plants and animals found on farms, each animal is identified...
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Reading Phonetically: /an/ words

For Students K - 6th
What do the words van, man, and pan have in common? The /an/ sound! Reinforce this target sound with this resource, intended for an audience with autism or other special needs. Your learners will see an image and the corresponding word,...
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Train Phonics - /an/ Words

For Students K - 6th
Follow the phonics train and get your special needs class on the reading track. To promote the /an/ sound and phonemic awareness, each page contains an image of a train, and each car contains an item. The word representing that item is...
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Animal Sounds: The Three Little Pigs

For Students K - 6th
Intended for use with the story of The Three Little Pigs, this resource offers special-needs individuals an opportunity to boost verbal skills and word recognition. Each page includes both words and vivid images to enhance the learning...
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Phonics Train: /at/ words

For Students K - 6th
A well-scaffolded phonics resource awaits you and your autistic learners. Phase one in this multi-page document asks, "What is on the train?" The answer is an /at/ word, such as cat, mat, bat, or hat. In Phase two, the train is shown...
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Environmental Awareness and Children's Literature

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Use an alternative setting for pregnant teens and young mothers, as well as special education children to examine environmental topics through literature. Included in this unit is a visit to neighborhood libraries to select children's...
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Communication, Day 2: Assertiveness

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Having social skills and being able to assert yourself in a positive way is so important. Students with mild to moderate disabilities engage in a series of activities to practice assertive communication and social skills. Perfect for a...
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Snack and Drink Preparation Skills

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Who doesn't love a good snack? Provide practice with basic snack preparation skill for your special education class. They follow each step-by-step procedure to make and serve a hot drink and a sandwich. These skills are taught using...
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Relationships, Day 1: Self-Esteem

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Expose your secondary special education class to the importance of belonging and feeling accepted. They define self-esteem, pride, and appreciation. Then create a self collage and share what they like about themselves with the class. A...
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Yes We Can! Students with Autism & Down-Syndrome on the Drums!

For Teachers 1st - 5th
To learn about various topics and improve their social skills, learners with special needs play along with music on drums and other sound objects. Teachers take digital pictures of the students participation and use them to make bulletin...
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Resources & Review, Day 2: Summary Session

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Review all the concepts covered in your special education class related to sexual health and safety. Pupils answer what they learned, what they liked, and what they'd like to learn in the future regarding health and safety. They each...
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Emotion Card Games

For Teachers K - 8th
Emotions come in all shapes and sizes, and can be difficult for young learners or students with special needs to identify. Support them in gaining the valuable social skill of recognizing emotions and understanding empathy with this...
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Weekly Lesson Plan

For Teachers K - 6th
Attention, new special education teachers! Starting out the year is difficult, especially in your first year. Here is a wonderful weekly plan that was developed by an exceptionally organized special educator. The weeklong schedule...
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Earth Day Jeopardy for Special Ed grades 3-12

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Get your special-needs learners all set for Earth Day! Use these developmentally appropriate questions and answers related to Earth Day concepts, which include recycling, conservation, pollution, and ecology. Note: Check out...
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Introduction to Edgar Allan Poe

For Teachers 8th
Before reading Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" in your class, walk learners through this scavenger hunt that teaches them about Poe's life and works. Though the lesson is designed for 15:1 special education class, it could work in any...
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Stellaluna Lesson: Increase Oral Language Development and Story Comprehension

For Teachers 1st - 6th
To be used with the BRAIDY system, this lesson 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 birds...
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Modified Tuck Everlasting Test

For Students 5th - 8th
Provide this test for Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt, to class members who qualify for special education. Learners answer a series of fill-in-the-blank, quote identification, matching, multiple choice, and short-answer questions...
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Making Inferences - An Introduction

For Teachers 7th
Help your learners identify the inferences they make every day with this SMART board lesson. With a comic strip in the first presentation slide, they make inferences about the situation. A discussion addresses what type of prior...
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Music Work Sheet (Special Ed)

For Students K - 12th
Music is beneficial for all learners. Help your learners with special needs learn about different styles of music, as well as the ways that music is represented on paper, with 30 different worksheets. 
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Painting Sentences

For Teachers 1st - 4th Standards
Paint with the colors of reading! Learners in special education classes or mainstream classes practice decoding basic and advanced code with a series of sentences on paint blobs. Once they read the sentence, learners cover one spot on...
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Glue Paint Symmetry Prints

For Teachers K - 12th
Add watercolors to white glue, paint onto clear film paper, fold, open, and voila, a butterfly! This art project, designed for special education classes, but perfect for any classroom, is sure to engage your young artists.
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Torn Metal Collage

For Teachers K - 12th
The work of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt is used to inspire kids to create their own mixed media works. Although designed for the special education classroom, the activity is sure to inspire all kids.
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Chapter 8 Teacher Guide and Student Log

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Designed to improve the reading comprehension of learners with special needs, this packet of intervention materials is intended to be used with the eighth chapter of Iqbal, Francesco D’Adamo’s novel about child labor.
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Chapter 7 Teacher Guide and Student Log

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Chapter 7 of Francesco D’Adamo’s, Iqbal, a novel about child labor, is the core text in a packet designed as intervention materials for the special education classroom but appropriate for any reader of this gripping tale.
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Crash Course in Flight

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High school physicists demonstrate Bernoulli's Principle by blowing on different items and finding that they do not move in the expected direction! They apply Bernoulli's equation to the flight of an airplane. This well-organized lesson...
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King of the Forest

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students in a special education classroom use the internet to research the characteristics of the rainforest. Individually, they decide whether to write a short story or poem with a main character who lives in the rainforest. To end the...
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Reading Comprehension: My Lucky Day

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Tell a story using pictorial representations as textual support. Special education pupils reading at an elementary level will enjoy identifying characters and other story elements while increasing their vocabulary with their handy PECS...
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Taco Grande

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
What do you use to chop an onion or brown the meat? Learners with special needs read through a taco recipe, then use it to complete three different academic development activities. They circle the best utensil for the job, match each...
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Souper Wheelies: Recipe Activity

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Your special education class can use this simple recipe for more than just cooking. They'll find correctly spelled words, put words from the recipe in ABC order, circle the correct measurement, and identify items that are in recipe by...
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ASL Lesson 7

For Teachers 1st - Higher Ed
A series of food-related sentences and words are the focus of this practical and straight-forward lesson. With a 70 minute video lecture and ASL demo, this resource features images and clips of very useful ASL vocabulary words. While it...
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Count the Raindrops

For Students 1st - 6th
Build basic counting skills with this great resource. The instructions say to print, laminate, and cut out the cloud pages and raindrops, then attach Velcro to the back of each raindrop to make a re-usable game. Your special needs or...
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ASL Lesson 4

For Teachers K - Higher Ed
Provide your hearing-impaired or special-needs students with a functional ASL vocabulary focused on feelings and family. Lesson 4 in this extensive series allows you to view both images and videos of each word or sentence as it is...
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Fifth-Grade Text-Based Intervention

For Teachers 5th Standards
Look no further—here's a resource packed with focused intervention materials for special education teachers. A unique unit plan provides 10 days of structured text-based intervention strategies for fifth-grade learners. Each 30-minute...
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Disability Awareness Activity Packet

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th Standards
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,...
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Cells: A project in 3-D for Special Needs Students

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use the internet to research information about cells in order to create a 3-D model of a cell. They may choose either to research a plant or animal cell. Students locate and identify the parts of a cell and build a 3-D mode.
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Everything is Made of Something

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners identify which parts of the earth are solids, liquids or gases. They discover the need to conserve natural resources. They examine different products and what materials are used to make them.
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Exploitation, Day 2: Exploitation and Getting Help

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Exploitation is a real issue for the disabled community. Secondary Special Education high schoolers 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...
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EdTech Tuesdays: IEP Goals & Objectives with CCSS

For Teachers Pre-K - Higher Ed
Jennifer and Rich model how to use and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of an app designed to assist special needs instructors write IEP goals and objectives for all kids in their caseload.
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ASL 1: Lesson 1

For Teachers K - Higher Ed
Experience lesson one of an extensive American Sign Language series! Whether you are teaching ASL or learning it as a communication tool to use in your special education class, this lesson is great! Foundational signs, such as finger...
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Home Living/Life Skills: Face Washing

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
Having good hygiene skills is a very important part of living an independent life. Learners with special needs follow sequencing cards to practice washing their faces. They follow each step in the process and discuss the importance of...
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Shape Recognition Assessment Tool

For Students K - 6th
Assess and document your autistic or special needs learner's progress toward shape recognition. This assessment prompts the child to circle one shape in a row of three. A simple tool is a quick way to check for understanding.
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Three Little Pigs: Verbs

For Students K - 6th
The story of the Three Little Pigs is a classic. Prep your special education class for a telling of this tale by previewing verbs commonly found in the story. Each page of this printable resource include the verb and an image showing the...
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ASL Lesson 8

For Teachers 1st - Higher Ed
Another awesome ASL lesson! Teach ASL to a special ed class, hearing impaired child, or for your own enrichment. This lesson provides comprehensible ASL language development. Each highlighted blue area links to a video, printable image,...
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Let's Meet The Presidents

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Create a digital movie documenting research about an American President. Using internet sources, students with special needs gather information about their chosen president. Working in groups, they use this information to create a...
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Lesson 5: Relationships - Day 3: Families

For Teachers 9th - 12th
As part of a series of lessons on Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH), designed for special education classes, high schoolers describe the members of their family and the role these people play in their life.
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Lesson 4: Relationships - Day 2: Gender Identification

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Gender roles and gender identity are the focus of a lesson plan designed for high school special education classes. Read the introduction to the packet carefully, as it contains advice about how to approach the subject with your classes.
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President's Day for Special Education/Early Elementary

For Teachers K - 1st
Students 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...
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How to Play Baseball a Social Skills Lesson

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Team sports are quite social; they involve following rules, playing cooperatively, communication, taking turns, and interpersonal relations. Introduce your special education class to the all-American sport of baseball. They learn about...
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First-aid Safety Skills

For Teachers 3rd - Higher Ed
Everyone gets minor cuts and scrapes now and then. Provide your special education class with the skills they needs to clean and bandage a small wound. Use read marker (fake blood) on your arm and show your class how to wash and dress it....
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Complete the Graphs

For Students 1st - 3rd
First, second, and third graders make pictographs. There are four graphs to complete, and the answer sheet is included. Consider providing your learners with special needs two sets of stickers to use, instead of requiring them to draw...
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Cell Phone Usage When Lost

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Getting lost can be scary for anybody. Hone communication skills necessary when attempting to ask for help in a scary situation. Learners with special needs discuss how to know they're lost and how to use a cell phone to call for help....
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Story Editors

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Learners with special needs and learning disabilities explore writing by becoming story editors. The class reads a story together after hearing it once through first. Then, they each examine the pictures from the story and work on...
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Resources & Review, Day 1: Resources

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Prepare your secondary special ed class for a life of independence. Part of independent living is knowing how to ask for help and where to go. They review the times they need help, the type of community resources available, and practice...
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Special Protections-Session Six

For Teachers 1st - Higher Ed
Parents and children work together in a community circle to discuss caring for people with special needs. In separate groups, the children sing and listen to a story. They discuss ways people are alike, and ways they are different....
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Another Backpack Idea- The Button Bag

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students receive activity bags to bring home and share with their families. They are excited to have "homework" and they accomplish several skills by completing the activities within the bags. This is great for special needs students.
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Home Living/ Daily Live: Fire Safety

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Learners with special needs discuss the importance of fire safety. They visit smokey.com, discuss where fires commonly occur, and how to prevent them. They then practice responding to a fire-related emergency.
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Water, Weather, and the World

For Teachers 4th - Higher Ed
Students in a special education classroom examine the role of weather and water in their lives. Each day, they add a symbol for the weather outside and identify the proper activities for the weather on that day. In groups, they...
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Communication, Day 3: Asking What You Want

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Mild to moderately disabled secondary students practice asking for what they want. They discuss a scenario, list things they want, then practice asking for those things. Our special needs students need to know how to communicate...
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Red Stoplight Personal Space Game

For Teachers Pre-K - 4th
I really like this activity. Learners with special needs play a stoplight game to practice giving and responding to the need for personal space. Each child is given a green light and red light card, when you say, "Go" they walk around...
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Special Ed Lesson: Rain Cloud Activity

For Teachers 1st - 5th
What is rain and where does it come from? Help your special-needs class understand the weather concepts of rain, clouds, and the water cycle with this introductory activity. They view a PowerPoint video (not included), answer questions...
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High Frequency Words: Flash Cards

For Students K - 6th
Twenty high frequency words for you to print, cut, and use. These are all very simple words intended for early readers, special needs, or Autistic pupils. Flash cards are a great way to get special needs kids ready to read. Four blank...
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Note Cards

For Teachers K - 6th
This is a very simple idea, learners make note cards or stationery out of their recycled art work. Note: I have done a version of this, where I've had my special needs learners paint on card stock or watercolor paper. I then cut each...
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Teaching the Musical Concept of Tempo

For Teachers K
Intended for an Autism class, this lesson plan teaches self-expression through music while facilitating an understanding of the concept of tempo. Pupils engage in a call-and-response song, clap, discuss, and sing keeping feelings and...
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Fruit Flowers

For Teachers K - 6th
Make a fun and healthy snack to celebrate Earth Day! Included are the directions for making a flower out of strawberries, kiwi, mint leaves, and raspberry licorice. Just provide your class with the materials and watch them make edible...
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Literacy Lesson: Guided Reading

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Here is a wonderful lesson designed for students with special needs. This well-thought-out lesson uses Big Books, familiar stories, and has a lot of review learning built into it. The book, The Keeping Quilt is used in the main part of...
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Easter Vocabulary

For Students K - 6th
Help your autistic or special-needs children become familiar with the words and activities commonly associated with the Easter holiday. These pages can be printed, made into a matching game, or viewed on a computer. Just click and use!
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High Frequency Words

For Students K - 6th
Phonemic awareness might not be a skill all autistic children will understand, but pattern and sight word recognition may prove to be more effective means of building strong reading skills. Use this set of twelve high frequency word...
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High Frequency Words: Set 3

For Students K - 6th
Here are twelve high frequency words that you can use as a game, flashcards, or to boost word recognition and reading skills. Intended for use with an autistic class but useful for any special needs or early readers. Just print, cut, and...
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Dice that Go Up to Numbers Less than Six

For Students 1st - 6th
Print, cut, and fold this pair of large die. Intended for an Autistic or special needs class, these dice include numbers 1-3 and won't add up to more than 6. This is a great way to engage a child socially as well as academically.
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Counting

For Students K - 7th
Intended for a special education class, but useful for any one learning to identify numbers and count objects up to 10. They count the objects on the right, then draw a line to the correct number on the left. There are four worksheets,...
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Home Living / Daily Living: Importance of Keeping a Healthy Body Weight

For Teachers 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...
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Things That are Green

For Students K - 6th
Think of all the things that are green! Check out this specially designed resource that shows and reinforces those items. Show your special-needs child any of the nine green images then use the following five pages to prompt them to...
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Things That are Pink

For Students K - 6th
Pretty in pink! Share the color pink and build word recognition skills with your special-needs or autistic students. This resource includes nine different items to recognize, their corresponding words, and five questions which prompt...
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Reading Made Easy with Mindwing Concepts

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
While this resource is actually attempting to sell a product, the foundational ideas may be worth looking into. Using Braidy the StoryBraid doll, learners will gain a better understanding of beginning, middle, and end, as well as story...
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Things That are Orange

For Students K - 6th
What can you think of that is orange? Bring this word recognition activity to your special education class. Learners can view this resource as many times as necessary to learn about items that are the color orange. They can also build...
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Placemats on Trays

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Maybe the idea of putting placemats on trays doesn't sound that great, but it is, especially if you have a physical disability or are visually impaired. This task is one that can be used in a vocational setting and helps develop skills...
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ASL: Lesson 13

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Ever consider becoming an interpreter for a special needs or hearing impaired pupil? ASL lesson 13 focuses on becoming an interpreter and also on research. Included are many links to visual aids and video intended to guide your signing...
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Using a Cell Phone When Lost in the Community

For Teachers 7th - 12th
We have all been lost at some point and for Special Needs individuals getting lost in the community can be a real issue. They prepare for a life of independence by memorizing their phone number and practicing what to do if they are lost....
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Student Handout - Situations

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Everybody misses work now and then, or runs a little late. Prepare your special needs class with practice communicating their difficulties in getting up and getting to work. They look at each of the six scenarios, describe them and...
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The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair

For Teachers K - 4th
Learners develop disability awareness. In this character building and diversity activity, students listen to the book The Story of Taylor and his Wheelchair by James Riggio Heelan, then describe things that were difficult for Taylor to...
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Define Geometry Terms

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
The Common Core is intended to help all children meet high academic standards. Here is a Common Core designed lesson that is intended for learners with communication or language difficulties. The lesson is written in a narrative style...
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Two-Way Conversation

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Four conversational levels set the mark for target speaking skills among young scholars. Designed to take place throughout every school day, peers are encouraged to hold an on-topic conversation using appropriate turn-taking and follow...
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Lesson 26: HIV/AIDS & Other STDs - Day 3: HIV/AIDS

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The third instructional activity in the three-part series on HIV/AIDS and other STDs considers how these diseases are passed, how to protect against them, and risky and safe behaviors. The discussion of condom use and sexual behaviors...
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ASL: Lesson 3

For Teachers 1st - 8th
The ASL lessons from lifeprint are amazing, but can be complicated. While this lesson is perfect for those needing to learn or teach ASL to the deaf community, it could also provide a valuable communication tool. This resource features...
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Social Skills Treatment Programme

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Even though they may not be tested on standardized assessments, social skills are vital for students to develop during their years in school. Through a series of discussions, activities, and role-playing exercises, these lessons teach...
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Flower Building Long Vowel Game

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Reading can be as lovely as a walk through the garden! Sets of flowers host words that share long vowel sounds, which kids match to the correct flowerpots.
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Introduction to the Civilization of Ancient Greece

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students explore Greece. In this introduction to ancient Greece lesson, 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 displayed on a...
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Home Living / Daily Living: Dental Care

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Don't forget to brush! Help your special education class excel at taking care of their wonderful smiles. They'll discuss proper brushing and flossing techniques, watch a video on dental hygiene, and then brush their teeth. 
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Budgeting Your Money

For Teachers 6th - 12th
How do you make sure that your income doesn't disappear before you have a chance to save it? Use a creative budgeting activity to teach learners in both special education and mainstream classes how to keep track of their expenditures and...
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Biomanufacturing: An Inquiry Lesson in Growing Cells

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Biomanufacturing and genetic engineering are very common practices around the world, but what exactly does it entail? Young geneticists find out through a series of labs, a discussion, and an in-class presentation to report their...
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Relationships, Day 5: Acquaintances & Strangers

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It is important for special needs high schoolers to know the differences between acquaintances and strangers. They define the world helper, acquaintance, and stranger then discuss a scenario based case study.They talk about touch and no...
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Reproduction, Day 1: Reproductive System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Engage Secondary Special Education learners in a developmentally appropriate lesson on human reproduction. They review genital anatomy and 5 key components that comprise the reproductive cycle. Perfect for a mild to moderately disabled...
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Rubric for Decision-Making Process

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Looking for a simple, editable rubric to measure students' decision-making process? Designed for special needs learners, this rubric offers four levels of ability to assess Knowledge, Skiills and Habits, and Attitudes and Ability. Take a...
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Visualarticulation

For Teachers K - 3rd
Use photographs to teach young special education or speech students how good speech looks, as well as sounds. Kindergarteners are photographed making the F, TH, W, R L, and S sounds. They then use the images to identify each sound that...
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New Teacher Survival Guide: ADHD in the Classroom

For Teachers K - 12th
Discover one teacher's efforts to improve in-class transitions and help students to remain engaged and on-point during class. You'll begin by viewing a sample lesson in a special education classroom with follow-up commentary and...
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The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

For Students 9th - 12th
Gain a deeper understanding of autism and the broad spectrum of individuals that this developmental disorder affects. Temple Grandin explains key aspects of autism as conveyed through the recent motion picture based on her life,...
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Handwriting Template

For Students K - 6th
In need of a printable handwriting worksheet? Here are 10 lines available for your special needs pupil to write on. Great for many uses and almost any population.
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Assessment of Assessment Techniques

For Students K - 6th
Effective assessment plays a huge role in a special education classroom. This is an assessment of an assessment tool. It can be used to test the accuracy of your current assessment or as an assessment itself. 
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Cashing a Check and Using an ATM

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Banking is a key skill all individuals should practice. Provide a hands-on exercise to encourage the proper method of writing a check and using an ATM. The instructional activity prompts special needs students with full assistance until...
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The Giving Tree Gives

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students study both poetry and science in this language arts activity for early elementary, Special Education, and LEP students. They listen to Shel Silverstein's, The Giving Tree, and discuss its contents. They graph apple types, make...
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Sentence Building

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Learners practice the basics of good sentence writing beyond simple subject verb sentences. This lesson is designed specifically for special education students at all elementary grade levels. They build their sentences around the 5 W's.
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Folk Tales Thematic Unit

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders read different folk tales and discuss them. They are given a template of a letter and they are to write a friendly letter. Special education students are paired with advanced students to help them.
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Setting: Taking a 'Picture Walk'

For Teachers K - 4th
Young scholars in a special education class identify the setting in various photographs. Using the photo, they share what they believe is going on and what the characters are doing. They use the internet to choose pictures from a...
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Cardio-Vascular Endurance

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students in a special education class work to improve their endurance. As a class, they complete the same exercises at the beginning of each class trying to increase the number of reps. They are also introduced to healthy eating habits...
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Make Your Own Dice

For Students K - 6th
Versatility and accessibility are two key components to any good resource. Print, cut, and construct these two large die to play any number of adding or counting games with your special needs class. It doesn't matter if they get torn,...
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Home Living / Daily Living: Shopping List

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Talk with your pupils about the importance of staying focused at the grocery store. Your special education class will discuss how to create and use a shopping list. They will make a shopping list and pretend to use it in a role-play...
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Home Living / Daily Living: Shopping List 2

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
I've done this exercise with my special needs learners more times than I can count. They practice getting ready to shop at the grocery store by identifying items on their shopping list. They match grocery items to the proper department...
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Home Living/Daily Living: Selecting an Outfit

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
When people make clothing choices, they should be attempting to buy clothes that are the proper size. Unfortunately, for most that is a skill that they have never been taught. Make sure your special education learners can purchase...
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Opening a Special Ed Class

For Teachers 1st - 12th
This is not just a lesson plan, it's a life saver! Here are 10 separate documents intended to assist a new Special Ed teacher. There are 4 different games, instructional tips, ways to handle documentation, behavioral modification...
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Purchasing Items Using the Next Dollar Strategy

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Drill and practice is the method of teaching for today. Special needs pupils practice rounding to the next dollar value when purchasing an item at the store. They are shown flash cards with a monetary value, they then have 3-5 seconds to...
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Chapter 3 Teacher Guide and Student Log

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Intended to be used with the third chapter of Francesco D’Adamo’s historical novel, Iqbal this packet of intervention materials is designed to improve the reading comprehension of learners with special needs; however, the strategies are...
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Fitness Walking Class

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The Fitness Walking Class unit is well-organized, and you could use the skeleton of this unit to organize your own Fitness Walking Class. Use pedometers to keep track of steps, write in journals, and get other people to walk with you....
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I Can Mini Book

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Find fantastic ways for young readers or special needs students to explore the oral use of pronouns! They'll assemble an "I Can" book by choosing pictures illustrating actions and activities they are able to do. They'll take these...
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ASL: Lesson 10

For Teachers K - Higher Ed
Focus on learning how to sign cardinal and ordinal numbers, nouns, and lexicalized fingerspelling. Here is lesson 10 of the series on learning ASL. Provided, are multiple links that provide a visual guide to proper signing. Teach your...
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Kitchen Appliances and Utensils: Home Living / Daily Living

For Teachers 9th - 12th
There are so many different types of tools we use in the kitchen, everyday. Help your special needs learner discover how to recognize, identify, and use various kitchen utensils and appliances. Using picture cards and drill prompting,...
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Student Information Sheet

For Teachers K - 5th
Here's a great tool for collecting necessary contact information on all your students. Parents or guardians complete the sheet, listing contact, as well as medical and special needs information.
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Chapter 1 Teacher Guide and Student Log

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Designed to be used with the first chapter of Tony Johnston's Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio, this packet of intervention materials is designed to improve the reading comprehension of learners with special needs. The "Getting...
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Chapter 2 Teacher Guide and Student Log

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Intended to be used with "Corn Fungus," the second chapter of Tony Johnston's Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio, this packet of intervention materials is designed to improve the reading comprehension of learners with special needs. 
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Lesson Plans for Teaching Self-Determination

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How do we prepare kids, especially those with disabilities, for life after school, for the workplace, for independent living? This 96-page packet is loaded with self-assessment surveys, with skill builders, with information about rules,...
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Introductory Class

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Secondary special education students are introduced to the topics covered in health class. This is the first in a series of lessons focused teaching developmentally appropriate life and sexual health related topics. Intended for mild to...
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Lesson 9: Communication - Day 2: Assertiveness

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Appropriate assertive and non-verbal assertive communication is the focus of this activity designed for the special education classroom. Using mirrors, class members practice assertive responses to a variety of situations.
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Lesson 10: Communication - Day 3: Asking for What You Want

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers practice appropriate verbal and non-verbal methods of asking for what they want in a lesson designed for the special education classroom.
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ConversationBuilder

For Students 1st - 8th
Some students struggle in social situations or when it comes to conversing with peers. Conversation is key in developing relationships and in building strong social skills. This app can be used to help children with social anxiety, ASD,...
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Introduction to Cause and Effect

For Teachers 7th
Teach your special education students about cause and effect with this SMART board activity. After analyzing real-life examples of cause and effect -'What happens when you eat too much? What happens when you don't get enough sleep?"-...
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Social Studies: Bridging the Gap Between Cultures

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Have you special education class examine multiculturalism. By exploring the cultures of Israel and Greece, they discover the holidays, cuisine, arts, andgeography of the countries. During this twelve-week unit, young scholars develop a...
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Task Analysis Data Sheet

For Teachers K - 12th
Some learners need to work through tasks step by step. Guide them through a task with an analysis data sheet, which provides a key to note which steps required verbal prompts, physical prompts, visual prompts, or no prompts at all.
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Learning Through Autobiographical Situations

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
A special education classroom examines a variety of literature from Latin American authors. In groups, they read excerpts from many autobiographies and compare them with their own life. After writing their own autobiographies, they...
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Syllable Division

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Use this decoding instructional activity in your special education class. With a SMART board file and worksheet, the instructional activity guides 6th graders through dividing two and three-syllable words using the Orton Gillingham...
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Indus River Valley

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students examine and describe the course of the Indus River. Special Education students participate in a SMART Board activity which includes map work and the geography of the river valley. They determine what type of agriculture is grown...
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Understanding the Body, Day 2: Puberty

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What is puberty? Get your secondary special needs students on the right track with this develpmentally appropriate lesson. They define and describe the differences between men, women, boys, and girls, discuss major events that mark...
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Waiting

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Waiting can be hard for everyone, but for individuals with autism or other special needs, it can be confusing and frustrating. Lead a discussion in which students brainstorm times in their lives when they would need to wait, and help...
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Moby Dick Puppetry

For Teachers 3rd
Such an ambitious lesson! Third graders with special needs listen to an audio recording of the novel, Moby Dick. They stop often to discuss each of the main characters and analyze their actions in the story. They then make puppets of one...
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Agenda/Minutes for Instructional Planning Meeting

For Teachers K - 12th
When it comes to the education of children with special needs, it's vital for there to be regular and open communication between all parties involved. This agenda nicely outlines key topics to discuss in weekly meetings including an...