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 Learning Disabilities

Sample lesson plans for individuals with learning disabilities

Sample Lesson Plan 2.1: All-Star Athletes

Area of Focus: Learning Disabilities

Subject: English Language Arts

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective/s:To research an Olympic athlete and produce an illustrated report
Assessment/s:Completed reports
State Standards Correlation:3.06 Conduct research for assigned and self-selected projects (with assistance) from a variety of sources (e.g., print and non-print texts, artifacts, people, libraries, databases, computer networks); 4.10 Explore technology as a tool to create a written product
Materials/Resources:Posters/pictures of athletes students may know or identify with, document projector, Circle Map (Thinking Maps), MP3 players or iPods (or lower-tech recording device), Read & Write GOLD software, spell checker/dictionary, document projector or overhead, computer access for students, index cards, graphic ...
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