Special Education Lesson Plans
Lesson plans from the Awesome Library.
About 30 special education lesson plans.
Education Reading Comprehension Weekly Themes
Lesson Plans for Special Education
Many lesson plans in pdf format from Seattle and King County,
Lesson Plans Page
Site contains fourteen lesson plans for the elementary grades with
"modifications for special needs."
Art for Children and
Adults with Special Needs
More than 20 lesson ideas. See
Blick Lesson Plans for Special Education.
Teachnology Special Education Lesson Plans
Links to many special education lesson plans.
Sample LCE Lesson Plans
Three lesson plans from CEC.
Mrs Donn's Special Needs
Lesson plans and units from my friend Mrs. Donn.
High School Special Education
Several lesson plans from Better Lesson.
Practical Money Skills - Special Needs
Ten lesson plans designed to help students with learning
disabilities "gain important personal finance skills."
National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center -
Life Skills Lesson Plans
Many life-skill lessons for secondary students with disabilities.
Teaching English to Children with Specific Learning Difficulties
This "Bachelor Thesis" includes background information, teaching
methods, and several lesson plans. It is a pdf document, and you'll
have to scroll down to find the lessons.
Dragon Fun: Learning the Five Senses
Though this K-2 lesson is not necessarily designed for special
education students, it could be easily adapted to meet their needs.
Centigrade and Fahrenheit: What's the Difference?
A multi-level, cooperative learning lesson plan for fifth-grade
science/math. It is designed to accommodate the needs of learners
with varying abilities.
Water, Weather, and the World
A unit developed for students with severe intellectual disabilities
and limited language abilities.
Lesson Plans for Children with Intellectual Disabilities
An elementary and a secondary lesson plan.
5+ Valentine's Day Activities for Special Education
From Breezy Special Ed.
Friends and Persuading People
This excellent site from
LD Online provides
information and a sample lesson plan for using children's literature
to teach friendship skills to children with learning disabilities.
Strategies to Support Reading Aloud for Your Students with Dyslexia.
Back to School Tips
for Special Education Teachers
An excellent resource from the above site.
Collaborative Strategic Reading
A primer from
LD Online on the use
of this strategy for teaching reading to students with learning
disabilities. See also Improving Comprehension for Students with LD and
Awareness: Instructional and Assessment Guidelines.
An on-line activity from
Using Poetry in Teaching Reading to Special Education Students
A unit intended for middle school students with linited reading
Kennedy Years Unit
An eighth-grade unit from
Core Knowledge adapted for inclusion of special education
students. For other units from this source, see
Core Connections: Connecting Core Knowledge Between Special
Education and Regular Education (Grade 4),
Geography in the Resource Classroom: Using Maps to Understand the
Impact of the Meso-American Civilization and European Explorers
(Grade 5), and
News to the Core (Grade 6).
The Constitution, Juvenile Justice, and You
A lesson plan developed for Special Education Students in grades
Lesson Plans about People with Disabilities
Speaking and Writing About People with Disabilities
Ideas and a worksheet I used for teaching about
appropriate language (including people-first language) for speaking
and writing about individuals with disabilities.
Teaching about Intellectual Disabilities/Mental Retardation: Ideas
for Classroom Activities
Two activities, complete with handouts, that I
used in my Exceptional Learners class to teach
college students (mostly first-year) about mental retardation. I
believe the activities would also be appropriate for use at the high
school level, perhaps in a psychology class.
Equal Treatment, Equal Access: Raising Awareness about People with
Disabilities and Their Struggle for Equal Rights
A high-quality Unit.
Getting to Know People with Physical Disabilities
A lesson plan for grades K-2
from the above unit.
See similar lesson plans on the right side of this page.
Break with Reality: Schizophrenia
A lesson plan from the DNA Learning Center. See also their
Getting to Know Your Classmates with Special Needs
Tough these three lesson plans were developed in 1992 and do not use
people-first language, they include many good ideas for teaching
elementary students about disabilities.
Understanding Learning Differences
A lesson plan for grades 6-9. See other similar lesson plans on the
right side of this page.
Understanding Kids Who Are Different
Activities for teaching about disabilities from Education World.
Lesson plans for a variety of grade levels from Teaching Tolerance.
and Discrimination Against People with Learning Disabilities
More lesson plans from Teaching Tolerance.
Museum of Disability History
Lesson plans for grades K-3. See also their lesson plans for grades
Be Good to Eddie Lee
This lesson plan for 1st or 2nd grade titled "Dealing with
Differences" uses Virginia Fleming's
Be Good to Eddie Lee to help teach tolerance of students with disabilities. It is part of
a unit titled "
Differences: Opening Doors to Social Studies with Children's
Helen Keller (Famous Person)
There are many lesson plans and units about
Keller available on the Internet, including this one for
middle-grade students titled Famous Person: Helen Keller, which uses
Keller's book, The Story of My Life . For other lessons, see
Keller (grades 2-4).
There are also many lesson plans and units about FDR, including the
secondary lesson linked above titled
Delano Roosevelt's Disability: Was He Successful in Concealing It?
However, the only other lesson I can find that examines the issue of
Roosevelt's disability is Would FDR Be Elected Today? which is one
lesson included in
FDR Resources and Lesson Plans from the Monroe County Historical
Association. Additional units and lessons available
online, but not necessarily dealing with FDR's disability, include
The Foreign Policy of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the U. S. Entry Into
World War II,
Documents Related to Churchill and FDR,
FDR's Fireside Chat on the Purposes and Foundations of the Recovery
Date which Will Live in Infamy, and
FDR's First Inaugural Address. There are also some excellent
lessons that use the
Cartoons, including the
Portfolio Project (11th-grade AP history). None of these,
however, examines FDR's disability.
Polio History Pages
No unit on the the history of disabilities or disease would be
complete without some mention of polio, the near hysteria caused by
the epidemics of the early 1950s, and the euphoria that greeted the
development of the Salk vaccine. Drawing from my book,
Polio's Legacy: An Oral History,
this site provides
excerpts from polio narratives, a polio timeline, and information
about the disease, its history, and late effects.
Polio History Quest
A set of 25 questions, complete with a
printable worksheet, coinciding with the information provided within
the Polio History Pages. It should be appropriate for use with
grades 5 and up. See also
Understanding Viruses (grades 9-12).
Resources for Inclusion:
Differentiated Instruction for an Inclusive Classroom: Language Arts
A lesson plan involving comic strips.
Teaching pre-service teachers to design inclusive instruction: a
lesson planning template
An article and instructions for inclusive lesson plans.
Special Education Inclusion
Lesson plans and resources from Pinterest. You have to join to
access them, but it's free.
Can I Play Too? A Lesson Plan about Inclusion
From Think Inclusive.
Inclusion: More than Just a Word
Another lesson plan about inclusion and its importance.
Keys to Successful Inclusion
From Teacher Vision. Three free views before having to sign up!
See also 10 Keys
to Successful Inclusion.
An annotated list of links. See also
Activity Inclusion Plans.
An article from the
The index page for Inclusion Press, Inclusion Network, and Marsha
Forest Centre (Canada).
Several articles and resources from Education World.
ADD/ADHD Tests and Diagnosis
Signs and symptoms, parenting tips, school help, tests and
Helping Children with
ADD Focus in the Classroom
An article from
Teaching Students with ADHD - Help Guide
ADHD in School :
Classroom Interventions for Junior High School and High School
ADHD: Teaching Strategies
From Bright Hub. See also
Teaching with ADHD:
Five Methods to Use in the Social Studies Classroom.
ADHD: What Does It Really Mean
A "Teacher Workshop Curriculum" complete with the above-titled
one ADD Place
Many resources relating to ADD/ADHD and SLDs.
The ADHD Owner's Manual
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Definition and characteristics fro the NIMH.
Autism Resources for Parents - The Ultimate New Guide
Autism Spectrum Disorder
A parent's guide.
The Autism Helper
A lesson plan in which students learn about autism.
Digital Wish: Autism
Many lesson plans though all don't necessarily seem appropriate for
students with autism.
The Autism Teacher
A blog complete with some lesson plans.
Information and resources.
See also Autism Society
and US Autism and Asperger
Seeing the World through the Hands of People with Visual Disability
A lesson plan for grades 4-6.
Blindness Resource Center
A great deal of information including
Braille Literacy from
The New York Institute for Special Education.
American Foundation for the
Central Association for the Blind
and Visually Impaired
Chronic Health Impairments
Band Aides & Blackboards
A site designed to help people understand what it's like to go to
grow up with chronic medical problems, from the perspective of the
children and teens who are doing just that.
Getting to Know People with Physical Disabilities
A lesson plan for grades K-2.
The Child with a Long-Term Illness
Information for families and teachers.
A Teacher's Guide to Cystic Fibrosis
From the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. See also
Cystic Fibrosis at School.
Cerebral Palsy Group
An overview of CP and special education.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Please help make a difference for children with cancer like my
for Teachers of Children with Cancer
Children Diagnosed With Cancer: Returning to School
Resources for Teachers and Parents.
Live Strong at
Lessons, worksheets, and discussion starters about cancer, its
treatment, and ways to support those with cancer. See also
Teaching Children about Cancer.
Diseases and Condition
The Center for Research on
Chronic Illness and Disability
National Association of the Deaf
Excellent source of information.
The Deaf Resource Library
An online collection of reference materials and links intended to
educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the
United States as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics.
Lesson Plans and
From the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Deaf Awareness Week/Non-Verbal Communication
A lesson plan for grades 9/10.
Eight Days on Deafness and American Sign Language
Experiencing Hearing Disability through Music
A lesson plan for grades 2-4.
for Learning and Teaching American Sign Language
Basic Dictionary of ASL Terms
A dictionary with both animated and text definitions.
Language Dictionaries Online
Links to manu online dictionaries.
From ASL University.