ADHD Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Help your students understand ADHD with some guidance from this lesson plan. Students will read a lesson that explains what ADHD is and how it's diagnosed and managed, before they apply learning actively to make understanding stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define the acronym 'ADHD'
  • explain the components of ADHD
  • describe the diagnosis and management of ADHD


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson What is ADHD? - Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Scenario cards with situations involving a child in the classroom with ADHD, such as Cindy who fidgets in her seat or Francis who talks out
  • Paper
  • Colored pencils

Key Vocabulary

  • Deficit
  • Hyperactivity
  • Routine

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Introduce the topic to students by choosing one of the books from our lesson to share with your students.
  • Before reading, allow students to share prior knowledge and understanding about the topic. Remind students to be kind and understanding of the feelings of others as you discuss ADHD.
  • During reading, pause often to clarify and allow students to process content. Prompt with questions when applicable.
  • After reading, ask:
    • What did you learn about ADHD from this book?
  • Tell students they will be learning more about ADHD in the lesson and generate questions on the topic, recording on the board or chart paper.

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