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Finding and Using Public Restrooms

In this lesson plan, students will learn how to find restrooms when out in their community and choose the appropriate restroom. This Tool includes materials and evaluations methods that can be used by teachers, family, and peers. This Tool of the Week comes from Getting Around Town: Teaching Community Mobility Skills to Students With Disabilities.

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Transition Portfolio Checklist

This week’s Tool provides a checklist for you and your students as they move through high school and transition into college. The transition from high school is always challenging for any high school student, but for young adults with disabilities, it can be even more difficult. This Tool helps students manages what documents and information they will need as they ...

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Exploring Science: Best for Beans

This week’s Tool allows students to experiment and collect data–developing processing skills. The “Best for Beans” lesson plan helps students learn plant life cycles, their basic needs, and unique environments. Organized around key science concepts, the Family Science Packets are aligned with the National Science Education Standards and most state’s science standards. This Tool of the Week comes from U-STARS~PLUS ...

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Key Elements of Social Development Intervention

This week’s Tool offers teachers ways to promote the development of intrinsically motivated social interaction across environments through focusing on social communication, social problem solving, social skills, and pragmatic language development. This Tool of the Week comes from Autism Spectrum Disorders: Family, Community, Social Skills, and Behavior: A Collection of Articles from TEACHING Exceptional Children.

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Implementing Peer Mentoring Program

Begin a peer mentoring program for students using implementation steps in this week’s Tool. This Tool of the Week comes from Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: A Collection of Articles From TEACHING Exceptional Children.

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Parent Input Form: Employability Skills

Use this week’s Tool to get parents’ input in helping their child succeed with employability skills. The form provides an easy checklist to help teachers and parents see what areas a student already knows or will work toward for employment. This Tool of the Week comes from Teach Smart: Practical Strategies & Tools for Educators.

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Book Report Checklist

Use this week’s Tool to outline the organization and steps needed for students to complete a book report. This Tool of the Week comes from Tough to Reach, Tough to Teach: Students With Behavior Problems, Second Edition.

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Guidelines for Secondary Interventions in Reading Instruction

This week’s Tool offers a student self assessment and behavior evaluation. Use this week’s Tool to promote student achievement and parent involvement. This Tool of the Week comes from Responsiveness to Intervention: A Collection of Articles From TEACHING Exceptional Children.

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Dialing My Home Phone Number

This week’s Tool is a lesson plan for teachers to help elementary students learn to dial their phone numbers, a valuable skill in case of emergencies. This Tool of the Week comes from Getting Around Town: Teaching Community Mobility Skills to Students With Disabilities..

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Exploring Science: Sticky Fingers

This week’s Tool is a family science activity that explores the properties and composition of matter through collecting data, communicating, experimenting, interpreting data, observing, predicting, and more. The Family Science Packets are organized around key science concepts that are aligned with the National Science Education Standards and are composed of two major sections: Teacher Notes and Family Science Activity. This ...

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