Teacher of lesson: Megan Matthys
Lesson Topic/Subject: People with disabilities
Grade Level: Kindergarten
Estimated Time: 25 minutes





Introduction/Anticipatory Set

  1. Have students come to the carpet and sit in a circle. Review with the students about how they have been talking a lot about the types of things blind and deaf people are capable of even though they canÕt see or hear. Explain that today they are going to think about what kinds of things people with other disabilities are capable of.
  2. Show the students the two hats full of pieces of paper that you have. Explain to them that each one of them are going to take turns picking a piece of paper out of each hat. The two pieces of paper form a question that the students will have to try to answer.
  3. Demonstrate what you mean by doing the first one for the students. The two pieces of paper form a question which will be phrased, "If I were (certain disability) could I still (certain activity). Read the question for the students and let them come up with the answer. If they think the answer is no, ask them to think about how they could change the activity to make the answer yes. The two question sheets are attached which will make this clearer.

Sequence of Instruction

  1. After demonstrating the first one, have the student next to you in the circle pick out two pieces of paper. Read the question for the student and give them time to answer it. Have the rest of the students decide if they agree or not.
  2. Continue this process all the way around the circle until everyone has had a turn. The students should replace their slips of paper in the hats each time, and you should mix them up between turns.


  1. When everyone has had a turn, ask the students what this activity helped them discover. Hopefully, they will come to the conclusion that people with disabilities can do and feel many of the same things that they do.


  1. Students will determine if people with disabilities are capable of doing certain things by answering yes or no to the questions they create when picking out the two slips of paper.
  2. Students will suggest ways of adapting certain activities to make it possible for people with certain disabilities to participate in them.


  1. A lot of leading might be necessary to help the students think of how certain things could be changed slightly to make it possible for a person with a disability.
  2. The lesson might be too lengthy if everyone takes a turn. It might be better to just work on getting each student involved with discussing how to change certain activities.


  1. How did the students respond to this lesson?
  2. Were the students able to think of adaptations?
  3. How was the pacing of this lesson?

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