Ideal for Introduction to Special Education/Introduction to Exceptionalities courses, this supplementary text provides strategies pre-service and in-service teachers can use to apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to their lesson planning. UDL lesson planning considers “up front” potential barriers that could limit access to instruction for some learners and helps teachers brainstorm possible solutions before lessons begin. The lessons included in this text are meant as a starting point for general education teachers who have students with special needs in their classrooms and can be adapted for K-12 learners with a wide range of challenges. Metcalf provides one lesson plan at the elementary school level and one at the secondary level for each area of exceptionality.

Sample Lesson Plans for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Sample lesson plans for individuals with intellectual disabilities

Sample Lesson Plan 1.1: The Olympics—Past and Present

Area of Focus: Intellectual Disabilities

Subject: Social Studies

Grades: Elementary

Lesson Objective/s:
  • To research the history of the Olympics
  • To compare and contrast Olympics of today to those in ancient Greece
Assessment/s:Completed class Venn Diagram
State Standards Correlation:(Social Studies) Describe how individuals, events, and ideas change over time
Materials/resources:Leveled books, websites, “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven, informational sheets with pictures of the Olympics pas and present, gold medal replica or picture with athlete and medal, large Venn Diagram (may use hula hoops or plastic models) or Double Bubble Map (Thinking Maps), index cards, tape, toga (white sheet) with leaf crown ...
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