First Day of School Activities for Special Education Students

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: Team Building Activities for Special Education Students

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Watch Next Lesson
 Replay
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:04 The First Day Counts
  • 0:44 Visual Activities
  • 2:39 Kinesthetic Activities
  • 4:02 Verbal Activities
  • 5:09 Lesson Summary
Save Save Save

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Timeline
Autoplay
Autoplay
Speed Speed

Recommended Lessons and Courses for You

Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

The first day of school is important for everyone, and for special education students, it can be especially consequential. This lesson gives you some ideas for making the first day of school effective for your students with special needs.

The First Day Counts

All teachers know how important the first day of school can be. Your students are making their first impressions on you, and you are helping them get to know you and feel comfortable in the classroom. For students with special needs, the first day of school can feel nerve-wracking and uncertain. Moreover, it is especially important for you to start getting to know these students right away.

This lesson describes activities to help you get to know your students, help them get to know you, and get the school year off to a safe and comfortable start. Select any combination of these activities to plan the first day of school.

Visual Activities

Many special education students benefit from activities that let them learn visually and exercise creative expression.

Extended Name Tags

Ask your students to make extended name tags to introduce themselves to each other. In the middle of a large card, they should write their names. Then, in each corner, they should draw a small, simple picture. The upper left corner should show a person they love, the upper right corner should show a place they like to be, the lower left corner should show a favorite food, and the lower right corner should show a hobby.

Help your students share their name tags with their new classmates. They will get to know each other as they describe the pictures on their name tags.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support