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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Life Skills and Social Skills Activities & Ideas for Special Education

Note: This blog post contains resources from our TpT store and our Amazon Associate store.


Get the Job...Keep the Job!

This video helps students see the right and wrong ways to act in an interview.


Here are several classroom game ideas that I found on Pinterest.

They focus and teamwork and collaboration. Click here.


Grocery Shopping in the Community


 free counting money dollars coins task cards games activities

You will receive six Common Core math money task cards to help your students count dollars and coins. They work well for 1st and 2nd grade, special education and ESL students. A student response form, mini-writing assignment and answer key are also provided. 


Pre-Cooking Skills


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This packet works well in a measurement unit, functional needs class, cooking lesson, ESL and ASD. Students will read a cereal bar recipe and answer reading comprehension questions. The recipe is real, and your students will love helping you bake them...or at least enjoy them as a special treat.

The second worksheet encourages hands-on interactions with measuring cups and spoons using manipulatives, such as dried beans.


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You will receive 6 task cards for applied math, finance class, economics or an advanced life skill class. Students are given a definition and must choose the correct vocabulary word. A word bank is also provided. You will also receive scavenger hunt directions and 20 other game ideas for task cards. A student response form and key are provided. Students love task cards instead of worksheets. 

Please note that these cards are just a sample (with different words) from a larger set. You may use this sampler set to determine if they will work well with your classroom. You may also use them as a quick assessment.

Vocabulary words include:
right of rescission
balance sheet

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I also found this great blog post through Pinterest sharing more functional life skills to practice in the classroom.

Conversations from the Classroom

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You may also like these free printable teacher resources:

 life skills telling time task cards games activities

You will receive 6 math task cards for your students to practice telling time to one, five and fifteen minute intervals. You will receive scavenger hunt game directions along with 20 other uses. A student response form and answer key are also provided. 


 life skills fire safety activities game special education autism

FREE Fire Safety Week: You will receive six vocabulary task cards for literacy center games. Scavenger hunt directions, along with 20 other games ideas, are also included. They work well for elementary, special education, ESL and speech therapy. You will receive a student response form and answer key. 

Vocabulary words include:

fire engine
air mask 
sprinkler system


Please take a peek at these books full of activities from our Amazon Associate store:

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The best-selling book for teaching basic life skills, fully revised and updated

This book offers teachers and parents a unique collection of 190 ready-to-use activities complete with student worksheets, discussion questions, and evaluation suggestions to help exceptional students acquire the basic skills needed to achieve independence and success in everyday life. Each of the book's activities focuses on specific skills within the context of real-life situations and includes complete teacher instructions for effective use, from objective and introduction through optional extension activities and methods to assess student learning. The book includes numerous reproducible parent letters which can be sent home to help parents reinforce these lessons while children are away from school.

A revised and updated edition of the classic book for teaching basic life skills
Includes 190 complete activities with reproducible worksheets, discussion questions, and evaluation suggestions for developing independence

Offers ideas for developing practical skills to deal with identity theft, cell phone manners, budgeting, eating healthy meals, using credit cards, time management, and much more


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Ready-to-use lessons for teaching basic life skills to adolescents with special needs

This book offers teachers and parents a unique collection of more than 200 worksheets to help adolescents with special needs build the life skills they need to achieve independence and succeed in everyday life. The book provides 22 complete teaching units focusing on basic life skills such as handling money, succeeding at school, using the Internet safely, getting and keeping a job, and much more. The book contains 90 reproducible worksheets for teaching students how to apply these life skills to real-life situations.


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A flexible, ready-to-use program to help special students in grades K-5 learn appropriate ways to behave among others

The revised and updated second edition of this bestselling resource book provides ready-to-use lessons--complete with reproducible worksheets--to help children become aware of acceptable social behavior and develop proficiency in acquiring basic social skills. The book is organized around three core areas crucial to social development in the primary grades: Accepting Rules and Authority at School, Relating to Peers, and Developing Positive Social Skills. Each lesson places a specific skill within the context of real-life situations, giving teachers a means to guide students to think about why the social skill is important. The hands-on activity that accompanies each lesson helps students to work through, think about, discuss, and practice the skill in or outside of the classroom.


 social skills teaching ideas activities special education

The updated new edition of this valuable resource offers an exciting collection of 200 ready-to-use worksheets to help adolescents build the social skills they need to interact effectively with others and learn how to apply these skills to various real-life settings, situations, and problems. The book provides 20 complete teaching units focusing on 20 basic social skills, such as being a good listener, "reading" other people, and using common sense.


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