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May Lesson Plans and Resources for the Special Ed Classroom

Did April showers bring May flowers where you live? I sure hope they did! But, if they didn’t, take solace in knowing warmer weather will be here sooner than you think.

Either way, with so much to celebrate, your students (and your planner) will be thrilled with these May lesson plans and activities.

Continue scrolling for some May inspiration for your elementary classroom. 


“All About May” Activities

The May Lesson Plan Pack has the entire month covered. From Mother’s Day to Memorial Day and beyond, this download includes printables and activities for every May theme and holiday imaginable. While this pack makes planning a breeze for teachers, it’s also been re-named “the substitute’s dream” by some!

Bring literacy into the mix with the May Mini Adapted Book Bundle. These readers are perfect for little learners who definitely don’t love reading as much as they love the warm weather! Use them during small group or center time to work on comprehension, fluency, and IEP goals. The mini bundle has seven different books to choose from and includes titles such as “All About Sunscreen” and “May Day.” See the adapted readers in action above and grab the Valentine version to try for free!

Spark your students’ creativity with the May Digital Writing Prompt Task Cards. The writing prompt sets are so versatile and meet the needs of learners of all styles. Print the prompts on sticker labels, project them onto the whiteboard, use them as cards, or set them up digitally so students can practice their creative writing skills! 

Would your lesson planning be complete without the May Visual Recipes? Students can create their very own pizza, strawberry shortcake, spider crackers, and more! In addition, this resource features visual recipe cards and sequencing mats that bring a brand new experience to cooking in the classroom. 

May Spring Activities

Incorporate the Spring Adapted Work Binder into your morning routine. Students can practice basic skills, making it really easy to track their growth! 

Students love a good mystery! So have them solve one with the Spring Mystery Picture Hundreds Chart Puzzle. There’s something for students of every learning level with twelve different puzzles to choose from and three levels of difficulty. If you’d like to try a Mystery Picture Hundreds Chart Puzzle, try this one for free here!

May is the perfect time to explore life cycles! Have you ever gotten the butterfly hatching kit for your classroom? Students absolutely love that! Use the Spring Life Cycles Digital Activity to practice sequencing and science skills as an extension or a fun center time lesson. 

May Holiday Activities

May hosts a wide variety of holidays, and we’ve got lesson ideas for all of them! 

Celebrate all the moms or mom-figures in your students’ lives with the Mother’s Day Lapbook. Kids have the chance to brag about the influential woman in their lives through nine foldables. There’s even room for them to write her a heartfelt note. This one’s a keepsake that she’ll keep forever! You can also grab the Mother’s Day Adapted Book to use during center and small group time. 

Teach your students about the significance of Memorial Day with the Memorial Day Lapbook. This is an effective way to open your students’ minds and eyes to the importance of thanking our soldiers. Review facts about the holiday with the Memorial Day Adapted Book


What’s your favorite May activity? Tell us in the comments!

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