Back to School season is here! Time to set up your classroom, prepare your resources, and get organized. Getting your special ed classroom prepared for the school year can be a challenge. Whether you teach a self-contained resource room or you are an inclusion teacher, there are many resources and activities you can prep before going back to school to make your school year run a little smoother.
Check out these 6 fun Back To School resources for students with Autism and special needs. From silly school supply writing to positional word games, these activities will get your students engaged and ready to learn!
Make Back to School writing activities TONS of FUN with this Silly School Supply Writing Prompt! Differentiated writing activities are a great way to engage students with special needs in the same writing activity as their peers, and meet different levels of abilities at the same time! This silly writing activity has a school supply theme and targets sentence and story building. Students will love creating silly sentences about glue and scissors, and using the interactive dice blocks to change their prompts. This silly writing activity is for primary grades and special education classrooms, and can be used as a whole group activity, one-to-one, or at a writing center. This resource is full of visual support and differentiation to serve your students with Autism and special needs.
Be sure to grab this Back-To School Pencil Writing Prompt! The error-free picture sentences are great for students with Autism and special needs. This resource comes with 2 versions: 1) Students can write on the line to answer the writing prompt 2) Students can choose from the error-free picture choices, then cut and paste in the box to answer the writing prompt. DOWNLOAD your FREE copy now from my Free Resource Library!
Try this FUN Positional Word Game with your special education classroom! “Where is the Glue?” is a FUN, interactive game to practice using positional words and complete sentences. This glue-themed game is a great addition to circle time, downtime, and one-to-one work! I use this Positional Word Game in the morning during circle time, and my students get so excited to come into the classroom each morning and search for the glue bottles! You just have to remember to move the glue bottle cards around the classroom each day! This positional word game targets sentence building, can be used verbally or for writing practice, and is great for preschool, primary grades, or special education classrooms.
This Back to School Folder Book is a great differentiated writing activity to do with your students at the beginning of the school year, and it’s SUPER FUN! All you need is a file folder for each student! Students will complete five interactive writing prompts about the fun they had this Summer and what they are excited about this school year. This differentiated writing activity is perfect for students who need visual support and error-free picture choices. This activity is great for students with Autism and special needs. Each writing prompt comes in 2 versions: 1) Students write a sentence or a list to answer the writing prompt 2) Students choose from 4 error-free picture choices to cut and paste under the writing prompt flap.
These Picture Matching Task Cards are great for practicing picture matching and developing fine motor skills. These picture matching task cards have a school supply school theme and are a great addition to your task card resources for the beginning of the school year. You can use the task cards at centers, in work task boxes, one-to-one, or with a peer. There are multiple ways to use these task cards to target matching, vocabulary, fine motor strength, and independent seatwork.
Before you go, grab this Back to School Story Retelling and Sequencing FREEBIE! This Back to School Flap Book is PERFECT for practicing story retelling and sequencing first, next, and last with your primary and special education students. It includes a short (4-5 sentences) picture-supported passage on a flap book, and 3 picture-supported sentences for students to cut and paste in sequential order (A hand-written option is also provided). After assembling the flap book, students can use the flap book to retell the story. Interactive flap books are a great way to engage students in sequencing activities. This flap book works great for students who have strength in fluency, and a weakness in comprehension. CLICK HERE to download your FREE copy from my Free Resource Library!
This resource is a SAMPLE from my Story Retelling and Sequencing BUNDLE which includes a total of 40 Sequencing Flap Books to use all year round. They are full of visual support and fun seasonal themes! Check out the BUNDLE NOW!
Students will love this All About Me Writing Activity for back-to-school time! This back-to-school writing activity is differentiated for writers and non-writers. It includes error-free visual support, and is an interactive flip book! In this writing activity, students will create a cell phone flip book about their favorite things. There are two levels of differentiation in this activity to encourage the participation of writers and non-writers. This All About Me Writing Activity was created for students with special needs in an elementary resource room, but can be used in general education classrooms.
I hope you found a few resources to kick off the start of your school year! Thanks for reading and have a great year!