SPECIAL ED: Modification
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Author: Marilyn Accomodations for Special Needs Students in Regular Classes TEACHER'S NOTE: I do this in the afternoons with my spec sixth graders for Social Studies and Science. It is more successful with some than with others, and the kinds of modifications certainly depend on the ability of the individual kids. Sometimes, I just choose a certain number of the vocabulary words that they are responsible for.....make flashcards for them to study from (for some of them, it would take so long for them to make them that the unit would long be over before they finished!!) Have them demonstrate what they learned in picture form rather than by writing Answer questions orally Give them simpler reading material on the same topic Give them study sheets that give the information you want them to know Give word banks on tests Choose only some of the questions from the tests that they are responsible for answering In some cases, the kids in the regular class have to memorize certain things, like the capitals of states or countries. I may have them memorize the few most important, but then just have their requirement be that they be able to read the names of the states, countries, capitals, whatever.....to me, this makes more sense than requiring the memorization, which for some of the sped kids is really hard...besides, they can hardly memorize something they cannot even read!!
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