Unit 5: Modifying Lessons for Students with Disabilities

In this Unit

During this unit, you will explore case studies of unit plans that include accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities. Afterward, you will be able to create your own unit plan that differentiates instruction for all learners.

Activity 1

This is an overview of what you have already learned. Please read through this review by August 24th, 2019.

In our most recent unit, we discussed the core principles of the Universal Design for Learning.


When you incorporate UDL, it is important that you include multiple means (or ways) to represent information, express information, and engage with information. Commonly, this is done with accommodations and modifications.


Examples of accommodations could be extended test time, limited number of questions, or the use of a scribe (if it is a non-ELA assignment). Modifications, however, actually change the standard that the student is reaching. For an example, if students are learning how to add with regrouping, a modification to that lesson may be allowing the student to add 2-digit numbers instead of 3-digit numbers.

Co-teaching allows more flexibility in providing accommodations and modifications to instruction for students, as one teacher may be reading questions aloud while another works with a small group that requires special materials to participate in a lesson. Thinking about the different co-teaching models may help you visualize different ways you can change lessons to meet the needs of all learners.

Activity 2

Please watch the following lesson examples by August 26th, 2019. While watching, please note any co-teaching structures you notice, along with different ways that students complete the assignment.

Grade 6 Science Lesson

Grade 1 Mathematics

Activity 3

This is your final assessment for the course. Please complete this assessment by September 1st, 2019.

Using any lesson plan template that you feel comfortable with, please create a 3-5 lesson unit that utilizes co-teaching structures and appropriate modifications/accommodations using the Universal Design for Learning. If you need to, please feel free to utilize the lesson plan template below. The post-lesson reflection is not required.

You may also modify an existing unit plan if appropriate. Please message me for more details.

File:LP Template.pdf