2020 Special Education Support Board

  • Listed below in each column (Math, Reading, Writing, Social), you will find ways to support your student who is on an Individual Educational Plan (IEP).
  • Parents or older siblings can assist.
  • When completing each task, have your student work to their ability level.  For example, if the Learning Board states to write numbers to 100, your child may write numbers to 20 if that is their ability level.  
  • These accommodations can be used to complete the activities on the grade level choice boards.         





Ways to practice numbers and counting:

  • Look for  things in your house that have numbers (clock, book page numbers, calendar, cards, ruler, etc) to use as models when kids write numbers or count.
  • Bounce a ball, do jumping jacks, touch your toes and count as you do each activity.
  • Use objects from your house to count or sort. (you can sort according to color, size, shape)

Ways a student could read a book:

  • Listen to an adult or sibling read a story
  • Look at pictures in a story book
  • Listen to a story on-line
  • Take turns reading by pages or sentences
  • Break up a 30 minute reading block into 2 or 3  shorter amounts of time

Ways to work on writing letters of the alphabet:

Playdough Letter Tracing Preschool Learning Activity

  • Write your uppercase (big) or lowercase (small) letters in Shaving Cream.. Fill a large, flat tray with shaving cream for your child to write in.

Shaving foam writing

  • Form letters with everyday objects such as noodles, coins, beads, rice

Ways to practice social skills at home:

  • Play a game using kind words and taking turns.
  • Help set the table for supper without being asked.
  • Take the garbage out without being asked.
  • Make your bed each morning right after you get up.

Online Resources/Songs:

  • Choose a number song to sing  songs & do the actions:

Our Favorite Number Songs

  • Search Mr R’s Playlist on YouTube: Choose a math song that matches skills you are working on in class or fit your math goal.

Counting song:

Count by 1's to 50 - Forward and Backward | Counting Song for Kids | Count to 50 | Jack Hartmann

Poems for writing numbers


Learn Shapes Educational Video For Kids

Shapes Song | learn shapes | kids learning | nursery rhymes | childrens songs

Addition and Subtraction:

  • Use the following template when adding or subtracting two numbers.

_____ + ______ = _______

_____ - ______ = ________

  • Make numbers smaller as needed


 21 - 14=

Ways a student could answer questions or retell a story they have read:

  • Students can orally tell about the story or answer questions and an older sibling or an adult can write it down.
  • Draw pictures
  • Verbally record their answers on a phone, ipad or computer
  • Video their answers on a phone, ipad or computer

Days of the week video:

The 7 Days of the Week Song ♫ 7 Days of the Week ♫ Kids Songs by The Learning Station

Months of the year video:

12 Months of the Year | Exercise Song for Kids | Learn the Months | Jack Hartmann

Inferencing after reading:

  • Using a highlighter write letters or words on a piece of paper. Have your child trace the letters or words with a pencil.

  • Draw on your back: using their index finger, get them to write a letter or word on your back. Your job is to guess what they have written. Now, reverse roles.

  • Sky Writing: Have your child use their pointer & middle finger to form the letters in the air at least two feet high.

Orton-Gillingham Lesson: Sky Writing

  • Pour salt into a tray and practice writing words.

  • Go outside and use chalk to draw pictures and then have your child tell you a story about what they drew.

Share The Pen:

Adult and students take turns writing.

  •  Students can help write the beginning sound of a word they hear
  • Students  write words they know
  • Students can copy a model of the word the adult has written
  • Take turns writing every other sentence

Ways to write a story:

  • Tell a story to an adult or older sibling and have them write it down.
  • Copy the story in your own handwriting.
  • Draw the story with pictures.
  • Cut out pictures in magazines to help tell the story.
  • Type the story
  • Record the story by voice or video
  • Use a sentence starter to write a sentence:

I can _______.

I like  _______.

Out my window I see ___________.

  • Use a organizer to write a summary:

            At the beginning of

             the story _________.

            Next _____________.

             Then ____________.

            At the end ________.

Story Starter Ideas:

Story Starters: Creative Writing Prompts for Kids

How to reinforce social skills: 

Asking Permission:

  • Look at the person
  • Ask the person if he or she has time to help you
  • Clearly explain what kind of help you need
  • Thank the person for help

Following Instructions:

  • Look at the person
  • Say “Okay”
  • Do what you have been asked
  • Check back

Sharing Something:

  • Let the other person use the item first.
  • Ask if you can use it later.
  • When you get to use it, offer it back to the other person after you are finished.

Asking Permission:

  • Look at the person
  • Use a calm & pleasant voice
  • Say, “May I…?”
  • Accept the answer calmly.

Accepting “No” For an Answer:

  • Look at the person
  • Say, “Okay”
  • Stay calm
  • If you disagree, ask later

Appropriate Voice Tone:

  • Listen to the level of the voices around you.
  • Change your voice tone to match
  • Watch and listen for visual or verbal cues and adjust your voice as needed.

Having a Conversation:

  • Look at the person
  • Use a pleasant voice
  • Listen to what the other person says
  • When there is a break in conversation, ask a question or share your thoughts

Self-Regulation & Emotional Control:

The Blue Zone:

  • Feeling sad
  • Tired
  • Sick
  • Bored
  • When one’s body and/or brain is moving slowly or sluggishly.

 Interactive 100’s Chart:

Interactive Hundreds Chart

Highlight lines on paper to help with visual placement of letters

The Green Zone:

  • Calm
  • Happy
  • Focused or content
  • Being in this zone shows control.

The Yellow Zone:

  • Stress
  • Frustration
  • Anxiety
  • Excitement
  • Silliness
  • Nervousness
  • Confusion
  • Starting to lose some control.



*Use real coins or play money if available

The Red Zone:

  • Very intense feelings
  • Anger
  • Rage
  • Explosive behavior
  • Panic
  • Terror
  • Elation
  • Not being in control of one’s body.


  • Draw an array to help solve

               3 X 3 = 9

  • Make equal groups of objects

Multiplication Chart:

6 Multiplication Charts (Multiple Colors)

Narrative Writing Organizer:

Explanation of Each Zone: The zones can be compared to a stoplight or traffic light:

In the Green Zone, one is “good to go.” A yellow light or caution sign means slow down or take warning, which applies to the Yellow Zone.

A red light or stop sign means stop; when a person is in the Red Zone, they need to stop and regain control. The Blue Zone can be compared to a blue rest area where you pull over when you’re tired and need to recharge.

Expected Behaviors: Behaviors that give people around you good or comfortable thoughts about you.  

Unexpected Behaviors: Behaviors that give people around you good or comfortable thoughts about you.

Zones videos:

Inside Out Meet the Zones: Green, Blue, Red, and Yellow

DJ Learns the Zones of Regulation


  •  Use actual objects and divide into equal groups

Word Problems:

  •  Draw a picture to illustrate the story problem
  • Act out the problem with objects
  • Change numbers in word problem as need (make them smaller)

Example - Tim had 143 marbles and gave 57 away to his friend.  How many does he have now?

   **** change numbers to 43 marbles and gave away 5.

  • Use organizer below to solve a word problem


  • Use circles to divide into equal parts

  • Use playdough or paper to make models of the fractions

Opinion Writing Organizer