Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Examples of Modified Assignments for Students with Special Needs

Here are some examples of modifications. Remember, that a modified lesson in an inclusive classroom is a lesson where the objective and/or learning materials have been changed to meet the needs of a special learner.  However, the overall concept or activity remains the same so that the learner can experience the curriculum alongside his or her classmates.

This math sheet has been easily modified by providing alternate questions.
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This math sheet can be modified by having the student complete
alternate math operations with the numbers on the page.

This Grade 8 science vocabulary activity has become a YES/NO activity.

An alternate activity is provided for the student
using the same handout as the rest of the class.
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Alternate text can be placed over the original text in a class novel.

In addition, you can modify a lesson by using the following strategies:

Fill in the Blank
Word Banks
Multiple Choice
Reduced work

Hope this is helpful!  Let me know if you have any questions. Also, feel free to share any modified activities you may have!


  1. Thanks for this post. I will be sharing with my daughter's teachers.

  2. Yes yes yes! More more please... are there other links you suggest for MORE examples! Other websites or blogs??? this is a large need for school teams. THANKS

  3. How
    Do you know when your modification/adaptation is too much vs just right for a student?

    1. You can use the IEP goals to help you decide how to modify the work.

  4. http://teachingtoinspire.com/2013/01/differentiating-math-assessments-made.html

  5. Very nice article. (Middle School Math/Science) I've cut sheets in half, had some students do 5 problems in a section first then go back and do more if they can, 2 day testing as opposed to one day tests, cut homework in half, created guided notes, handouts, allowed word bank usage, open book quizzes, use of notes/guides during classwork, station time etc, had them work in pairs, use as many visuals as possible, color coded formulas and the numbers we inserted into formulas, created tiered lessons.... easier level problems leading up to harder problems, calculator usage..... the list can go on. Thank you so much for the article.