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 Visual Impairments

Sample lesson plans for individuals with visual impairments

Sample Lesson Plan 8.1: What is Matter?

Area of Focus: Visual Impairments

Subject: Science

Grades: K–3

Lesson Objective/s:To observe, describe the basic components of solids, liquids, and gas
Assessment/s:Students clipboard data and responses in closure (teacher recording on checklist)
State Standards Correlation:Matter: Solids, liquids, gas
Materials/Resources:; recording/playing device (tape player, MP3, iPod), gather items for science introduction (items such as leaves, bubbles, water, ice, a rock, wool), chart paper and markers for tree map (masking tape and objects for tactile tree map if needed)
Preplanning Activities:Keep doors completely closed, eliminate unnecessary obstacles from classroom so student can move about freely; Prepare objective/advance organizer in large print or as an ...
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