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Using environmental print to navigate the world and interact with others is a critical life skill. Sometimes it's easy to get stuck on the IEP goals and how to write them effectively. This post talks about how to teach meaningful, practical and functional sight words to students with all types of disabilities. It also provides you with IEP goals that you can think about and modify as needed for your students. Finally it points you in the direction of ready-made resources you can use for that instruction in your special ed classroom.

Functional Reading Tasks and IEP Goals

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Using environmental print to navigate the world and interact with others is a critical life skill. Sometimes it's easy to get stuck on the IEP goals and how to write them effectively.  This post talks about how to teach meaningful, practical and functional sight words to students with all types of disabilities.  It also provides you with IEP goals that you can think about and modify as needed for your students.  Finally it points you in the direction of ready-made resources you can use for that instruction in your special ed classroom.

Functional reading skills are critical for students on the spectrum and other disabilities.  Reading is something that needs to be used.  Even students who are not book readers can often learn single sight words that can impact their independence in their communities.  

We need to make sure that our students have the ability to function as independently as possible. That includes being able to read signs, grocery ads, words on the job and words on menus.  

The Thanksgiving Menu Math ,that I talked about in an earlier post is an example of a task that includes both math and some functional reading.  I thought I would use my Functional Reading Task Cards as an example for IEP goals for functional reading.  

Functional Reading Task Cards

Essentially these  are sight word multiple-choice task cards that the students can use a dry erase marker, pen, or clothespin to choose the word that matches the picture.  There are also answer sheets if the students can use them instead. The multiple-choice options can be a word bank the students use.  

The idea behind them is to provide practice in reading comprehension of sight words beyond what a sight word, functional or environmental print curriculum would provide.  They are intended to be used for either explicit instruction with the teacher or other staff and/ or for independent work systems.

Using environmental print to navigate the world and interact with others is a critical life skill. Sometimes it's easy to get stuck on the IEP goals and how to write them effectively. This post talks about how to teach meaningful, practical and functional sight words to students with all types of disabilities. It also provides you with IEP goals that you can think about and modify as needed for your students. Finally it points you in the direction of ready-made resources you can use for that instruction in your special ed classroom.

Reading the Signs task cards focus on reading functional environmental signs.  Food Words are a supersized set of words for the grocery store or restaurant.  

Some have words on the pictures (e.g., mayonnaise label on a jar) and some do not. I’ve set them up so that they are are differentiated across the set and explained that in the instructions.  

IEP Goals for Functional Sight Word Reading

So, let’s think about IEP goals for reading.  This product focuses on comprehension, but you can also use them to work on fluency of reading and comprehension together.  And, you always want to make sure you are generalizing the skills.

Also remember that you write the goals is based on the present level of the student’s performance. So how you use them might differ from student to student.  

IEP Goals

Accuracy & Comprehension Goal

Sarah will read and match the written word to 25 common signs in the environment with 90% accuracy for at least a 2-week period.*I put the mastery criteria somewhat high because this is a basic skill.

Using environmental print to navigate the world and interact with others is a critical life skill. Sometimes it's easy to get stuck on the IEP goals and how to write them effectively. This post talks about how to teach meaningful, practical and functional sight words to students with all types of disabilities. It also provides you with IEP goals that you can think about and modify as needed for your students. Finally it points you in the direction of ready-made resources you can use for that instruction in your special ed classroom.

Fluency Goal

Sarah will read and match the written word for 25 common grocery words in 3 minutes with 95% accuracy over a 2-week period.

generalization Goals

You would work on these skills after the task cards were mastered.  You can use the task cards or other materials for them. 

Given a grocery ad, Sarah will match pictures of 25 grocery items to their words in the ad with 90% accuracy weekly for at least 2 weeks.

When given a menu of known and unknown grocery words without pictures, Sarah will state why she could eat for a meal in that restaurant with 100% accuracy for 2 weeks with each of 3 menus in the classroom.

When going to a restaurant, Sarah will order a meal by reading the menu, determining what is available and ordering the meal independently with 100% accuracy over 5 community-based outings.

Hopefully those goals will give you some ideas to jump off of for your students.  

Interested in purchasing the Functional Sight Word Task Cards? Click on the pictures below to check them out in my store.

Using environmental print to navigate the world and interact with others is a critical life skill. Sometimes it's easy to get stuck on the IEP goals and how to write them effectively. This post talks about how to teach meaningful, practical and functional sight words to students with all types of disabilities. It also provides you with IEP goals that you can think about and modify as needed for your students. Finally it points you in the direction of ready-made resources you can use for that instruction in your special ed classroom.Using environmental print to navigate the world and interact with others is a critical life skill. Sometimes it's easy to get stuck on the IEP goals and how to write them effectively. This post talks about how to teach meaningful, practical and functional sight words to students with all types of disabilities. It also provides you with IEP goals that you can think about and modify as needed for your students. Finally it points you in the direction of ready-made resources you can use for that instruction in your special ed classroom.Functional Reading Task Cards Community Signs from Autism Classroom News

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6 thoughts on “Functional Reading Tasks and IEP Goals”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing! I have been searching for ways to include/introduce functional vocabulary to my middle and high school students! Thank you:)

  2. Wonderful writing and news for functional vocabulary improvement in high school level. iep in school We support to not only parents and children dealing with special educational needs, but also support for schools and businesses for programs, assistance etc.

  3. Pingback: Resources for Teaching Reading to Students with Autism | Autism Classroom Resources

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