• Life Skills Course Description


    Welcome to Life Skills! This class is a little different than other courses, as the content is tailored to each student’s specific needs. We will be doing whole class instruction, individual instruction, skill remediation, and community based instruction.


    This class is constructed around a set of Life Skills competencies that have been chosen to meet the needs of all students. These competencies become our classroom objectives, and the content that we cover in each unit is tied into these essential life skills. The competencies that are being covered this year are listed below:


    List clothing appropriate for different weather conditions.

    List clothing appropriate for different activities.

    Given an occasion, choose the appropriate clothing to be worn.

    Identify and demonstrate appropriate waste disposal procedures.

    Identify potential dangers and required safety measures.

    Identify coins and bills less than or equal to $100.00 in value.

    Count money in coin and bill denominations with sums less than or equal to $20.00.

    Make correct change from both bills and coins for amounts less than or equal to $50.00.

    Choose most economical buy among like items of a similar quality

    Identify potential safety hazards in the home.

    Identify appropriate foods eaten at typical daily meals.

    List the basic food groups required in each meal.

    Identify types and cuts of meat, fish, poultry, and vegetarian proteins.

    Create a weekly shopping list and purchase within a budget.

    Identify and demonstrate appropriate cleaning procedures.

    List reasons for cleaning work area and materials after food preparation.

    Identify basic civil rights when being questioned by law enforcement officials.

    Identify actions to take when a crime has been witnessed.

    List basic civil rights

    Identify the branches of government, their functions, and one major official of each branch of government.

    List personal requirements of leisure time

    List differences between leisure that involves nonpaid work activity and relaxation.

    List ways in which recreation affects both physical and mental health.

    Adopting and caring for pets.

    Given city and state maps, identify directions, symbols, and distances.

    Identify basic community resources.


    Identify specific details (i.e., legislation, social movements, etc.) regarding the United States’ disability rights movement (ADA, IDEA, Section 504, etc.).

    Identify your disability rights based on your disability across settings (elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education, employment, nationally etc.).

    Identify responsibilities to ensure your rights are not violated and what to do if they are violated.


    In addition to these competencies, please let me know if there are other skills that you would like your child to work on.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns, ideas, or anything else!


    Lauren Whitney