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5 Tips for scaffolding your lesson plans for students with disabilities

If you are a Special Ed teacher of students with disabilities, or if you have a student in your class who receives special education services, using scaffolded lesson plans can be extremely beneficial. These plans provide a gradual and supportive introduction to new material, which can help improve students’ understanding and mastery of concepts. Additionally, scaffolded plans can help students retain more information, as they are constantly reviewing previously learned material and having new skills introduced in smaller bite-size lessons.


There are many different ways to use scaffolded lesson plans in your Special Education classroom. One option is to create a scaffolded unit plan. This type of plan gradually introduces new material while revisiting previously learned concepts. You can also use scaffolded lesson plans within a single lesson. For example, you can start by providing a brief overview of the concept you will be teaching. Then, you can provide more detailed information and examples. Finally, you can give students the opportunity to practice what they have learned.


No matter how you choose to use scaffolded lesson plans in your classroom, it is important to remember that these plans should be designed to meet the individual needs of your students. If you have a student with a disability, be sure to tailor the plan to his or her specific needs. With a little bit of planning and creativity, you can use scaffolded lesson plans to help all of your students learn and succeed.


Types of scaffolded lesson plans

A scaffolded lesson plan is a plan that helps teachers to provide students with the appropriate level of support.


There are three main types of scaffolded lesson plans:

Worksheet lesson plans

In this type of lesson plan, students complete worksheets that help them to learn the material. Worksheet lesson plans are ideal for teaching basic skills in small repeatable bits or for review of previously mastered skills. But the main purpose is for alignment to IEP goal progression. Worksheets provide work samples that computer software programs can not. In addition, they offer a permanent record of what has been learned.

Skills worksheet scaffolding lesson plan for intervention

Skill lesson plans

Skills lesson plans are designed to help students learn and practice new skills. In this type of lesson plan, each step of the skill is taught in detail before allowing students to practice the skill. This type of lesson plan is ideal for introducing new material or for teaching complex skills.


How to create a skill lesson plan:

  1. Choose the skill you want to teach.

  2. Decide on the objectives for the lesson.

  3. Create a lesson plan outline.

  4. Find or create materials to support the lesson.

  5. Scaffold the lesson by breaking it down into manageable

Project lesson plans

In this type of lesson plan, students work on a project. Project lesson plans are ideal for teaching higher-level skills or for exploring a topic in depth.

Each type of scaffolded lesson plan has its own advantages and disadvantages. Worksheet lesson plans are simple to use and are ideal for teaching basic skills or reviewing the material. However, they can be boring for students. Skill lesson plans are more complex than worksheet lesson plans, but they allow students to learn a skill in depth.


The benefits of using scaffolded lesson plans

Scaffolded lesson plans have a number of benefits.

They: