Life Skills

What is Life Skills? Life Skills refers to a focus of intensely integrating real life applications in all curriculum areas. The content of this website is to assist the teacher in providing instruction to students who are performing significantly below grade level. The aim is to provide standards based instruction in a format accessible to the special education student with moderate to severe learning challenges.

The Life Skills Instruction Page is packed with research based lesson plan starters

Life Skills Mastery for Students with Special Needs. ERIC Digest #E469

Casey Life Skills Resources - Descriptions of Resource Materials and How to Access Them

Cross Curricular- NEWS 2 YOU Current events newspaper universally designed for its readers. News-2-You®’s curriculum is standards/IEP-oriented. It is being used globally to achieve (and measure) communication and academic goals. .

Functional Reading

Doorway Online-is a new collection of free learning activities provided by the Scottish Borders Council. The suite comprises highly accessible educational activities that learners will find easy to use independently. Each exercise has range of accessibility and difficulty options. Literacy, math, touch typing and memory/matching

AAC Photo Cards

Do 2 Learn is a free public service to motivate children to read with phonics. Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, ...

Grammar Blast - grades 2-5, basic sentence, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, capitalization, punctuation, verbs, adverbs, and prepositions- grouped according to grade. 10 question quizzes

Bright Ideas for Writing- from Houghton Mifflin Company, grades 1-2, and 3-5

Graphic Organizers- a long varied selection of graphic organizers

Tar Heal Reader -Books for Beginner Readers of all ages, a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. w/ downloadable activity guides .Ex. Polar Express read to by actors from the Screen Actors Guild. Classic children's stories. ageless in my opinion


Money skills

Coin Cards- good quality coin pictures


Interactive Clock

Basic Calculation

My Math Page-This site references math  research, strategies, learning materials, resources , focusing on Math Learning Differences and related material.

vectorkids: addition and subtraction flashcards The yellow pieces are the part of the pie that are left. The total number of pieces are given. Find the fraction by entering the part divided by the whole.


Teaching Food Safety SOS Safe or Sorry- Full Curriculum- 147 pages pdf.

Handwashing Lesson

Food Safety Print Materials-

Food Safety Quiz

Germ Survivor Quiz-food and food prep safety

Lunch Bag Activity-Food Safety

Sub Sandwich- Food Safety Activity

Nutrition- Put a major classroom focus on the food pyramid which opens the doors to instruction in word reading, categorizing (food groups), food preparation, reading a recipe, measurement, shopping, price comparison, where foods come from (geography-manufacturing), food safety, kitchen safety, selecting a balanced meal, link fitness to diet... News @ You has a weekly picture recipe.

Team Nutrition-

My Pyramid-

Dole Super kids-

USDA Nutrition Education

Fresh From the World - Where Does Your Food Come From This is for fourth and fifth graders but can certainly be adapted to other grade levels. The program is interdisciplinary and designed to introduce students to the history of many of our favorite foods as well as their origins. This website will enhance student's math, science, geography, language arts, and social sciences skills. Teacher's guide.

Food Fun From Apples to Zucchini lots of interactive and print activities about foods and food groups. Teacher guide

Food for Thought - Food related topics, food groups, recipes, nutrition.

The Great Corn Adventure will help your students learn: teachers guide. The history of corn, corn is an important grain around the world., how corn grows and its various stages of growth, how corn is harvested, the many uses of corn, and the distribution of corn from the field to consumer. cross curriculum.

The Great Plant Escape- Unlock the amazing mysteries of plant life in this interactive website.

Walk in the Woods is designed for third through fifth grade students to gain an appreciation of nature. Sometimes students are not able to go to a forest preserve or woods, so this brings the woods to them. teachers guide Students will: Identify different living organisms, plants and animals in the woods. Demonstrate an awareness of conservation and protection of renewable and non-renewable resources

The Adventures of Herman- Worm Farming- Student will: Classify familiar organisms and describe their life cycles. Use observation, classification and measurements to answer questions about soil and the earth. teachers guide

Let's Talk About Insects is designed to help students ages 9-11 years of age gain an appreciation of insects; learn how insects grow and develop (metamorphosis), and learn the importance of insects in our environment. teachers guide

Exploring the Secret Life of Trees is designed to help 3rd – 5th grade students gain an appreciation of trees, observe trees in their everyday lives, and develop an interest in discovering more about trees. teachers guide The student will: Identify the basic parts of a tree and its functions.
Demonstrate an awareness of conservation and protection of renewable and non-renewable resources.

Trees Are Terrific...Travels with Pierre, is designed to help young children (5–8 years of age) gain an appreciation of trees, observe trees in their every day lives and develop an interest in learning more about trees. teachers guide Students will: Distinguish plants from one another. Classify familiar organisms. Demonstrate an awareness of conservation and protection of renewable and non-renewable resources. Read, write and listen for a variety of purposes. Use technology to communicate. Collect, organize, describe and display data. Recognize geometric shapes.
Apply estimation and measurement.

RECYCLING- Everyday is Earth Day- sort can, plastic,and paper into bins, interactive website. K-1 reading.


The Tree House Weather Kids The Tree house Weather Kids is designed for teachers and students in the 5th – 8th grades. It provides basic information on weather topics such as winds, moisture, air pressure, seasons, and storms. Activities have been provided that are appropriate for classroom settings. Teacher Guide good links and activities that can be modified. Audio, video, interactive.

Riding the Wind with Kalani is designed for 5-8 year olds to gain knowledge about the weather.  The site provides information on: teachers guide Includes, interactive, audio, video, activities, printable's, links... :-) Basic Earth movements such as rotation and revolution. How the tilt of Earth's axis, and its revolution create seasons. What temperature is.What are basic types of clouds.What precipitation is. What lightning, thunder, and tornadoes are.


US Presidents

White House 101

Information on States

Social Security Online for Kids


National Geographic for Kids

Forever Friends is designed for 4-6th graders to learn about Japan, China, India, the Philippines, Korea and Vietnam and their cultures. These countries represent deep-rooted Asian influences. Teachers Guide.

The All-Star River Explorers, an elementary program for third through fifth grade students. Teachers Guide It is designed to introduce students to the basics of hydrology and increase their understanding of how rivers are formed and their importance in our lives. Activities will enhance student’s skills in math, science, language arts, social studies, and art.


Earth Science

Shake, Rattle and Slide is designed for students in 5th – 8th grade to learn how forces on and inside the earth work to shape our world. Two major landform shaping processes, plate tectonics and continental glaciations, are discussed. teachers guide

Personal Social Skills

The Incredible 5 Point Scale- This unique hands-on activity helps students who are highly anxious cope with their stress by systematizing social and emotional information.

Occupational Guidance and Preparation

New Hampshire Career Development Framework

Vocational Skills and Training

My Vocational Skills Training for Youth with Disabilities

Reasonable Accommodations for People with Cognitive Impairments

Work Behavior Training Strategies for vocational training with students with disabilities

Life Skills- Employment Skills- Work Related Behaviors- starter lesson plans

Transition Planning

Transition manual for New Hampshire residents. 41 page pdf.

NH Area Agency Transition Guide

Life Skills Student Focused starter lesson plans for IEP and transition planning


Get Me Out of the House Please! Recreational Pursuits in Your Local Community

Autism Spectrum Disorder- ASD-Autism, Aspergers, PDD

Autism Information Page

Autism Society

Autism Awareness and Home Safety

Strategies for Transition Planning for Student with Autism Spectrum Disorder- ASD

Redefining the Workplace for Autistic Teens and Adults:


What is a sensory diet?

TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped CHildren) is an evidence-based service, training, and research program for individuals of all ages and skill levels with autism spectrum disorders.

The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD. Module List.

Data sheets, planning matrices, and other useful documents in pdf. form for baselining and collecting behavioral and learning data.

Do2learn- Many black and white PECS for free, subscription for color and larger library.

website By Paula Lombardi- updated 4/16/2012