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Adaptations and Modifications for Students with Special Needs

Three students looking at a globe  These resources detail easy modifications to incorporate in your curriculum for students with special needs. Adjustments in classroom environment, curriculum planning, and assessment, will help you accommodate and challenge each member of your class. Appropriately modify your instruction to address diverse needs with our articles on bilingual special education, Autism, and ADD/ADHD. You'll also find great resources for implementing IEPs and creating an inclusive classroom.

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Curriculum Planning

Math Modifications

Reading Modifications

An Inclusive Classroom

Modifications for Autism

Modifications for ADD/ADHD

Modifications for English-Language Learners

Working with Diversity

Individualized Education Programs

Assessment Accomodations

Additional Resources

Resources on Adapting Instruction by the Council for Exceptional Children

Adapting Curricular Materials
This series provides practical guidance in adapting teaching and learning materials to meet the needs of individual students and is geared for experienced as well as new general and special education teachers.

Adapting Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science Materials for the Inclusive Classroom
Keith Lenz and Jean Schumaker
This book presents types of problems students with disabilities may encounter in dealing with curricular materials in language arts, social studies, and science and gives short-term design adaptations and long-term instructional goals for each.

Adapting Reading and Math Materials for the Inclusive Classroom
Jeanne Shay Schumm
Intended as a teacher's handbook, this book presents a set of principles for structuring teaching methods to facilitate adaptations in the elementary classroom (grades K-5).

Toward Successful Inclusion of Students with Disabilities: The Architecture of Instruction
Deborah Simmons and Edward J. Kame'enui
This book presents a set of principles for evaluating curriculum and structuring curriculum adaptations. Includes worksheets and specific questions to aid in adaptation.

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Videos
Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.