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 Autism Spectrum Disorders

Sample lesson plans for individuals with autism spectrum disorders

Sample Lesson Plan 5.1: Friends around the World

Area of Focus: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Subject: Music/English Language Arts

Grades: Elementary

Lesson Objective/s:To identify characteristics of Olympic friendships through music
Assessment/s:Student performance with rubric
State Standards Correlation:2.05 Play independent instrumental parts while others sing and/or play rhythmic, melodic, or harmonic parts; 2.07 Play music representing diverse styles, genres, and cultures; English Language Arts 4.01 Read aloud grade-appropriate text with fluency, comprehension, and expression demonstrating an awareness of volume and pace
Materials/Resources:Students will need access to hear and play music (computers, MP3 players, other audio devices). Gather triangles, bells, claves, maracas, drums of different sizes/types
Preplanning Activities:Prepare/gather examples ...
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