I have had to do that several times. Sometimes the media wasn't right for
the project, even though I had tried it myself...thought it would
work....when the class got it....BUST! Also, I have a second grade that, as
a collective, are having such a problem managing themselves, they are
starting to get only crayons. It isn't that they will not get to do the
other lessons, provided their behavior improves, it is that they cannot
handle themselves in the classroom when the media is on the table at this
I do modify for special needs students. I try to give them the same media,
or similar media, depending on what they can handle. It is unfortunate that
you have an all or nothing situation. I have talked to individual students
and given them a choice, can they handle this project, or do I need to give
them another project. I usually do this in a behavior management situation.
I find that most times, the student wants to do what his/her friends are
doing and the behavior usually improves.
I don't know if this helps...but know that we all have to deal with it at one
time or another.