Animal Adaptations for Special Ed Gorillas and Tigers with digital activities


Animal Adaptations Unit contains 125 pages and 42 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit on the adaptations of animals addresses the characteristics of gorillas and tigers in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on how animals adapt. This repetition encourages a true understanding of adaptations of animals. Finally, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

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****This unit now includes digital versions for the printable activities. There are 42 google slides and movie versions of the books.

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Animal Adaptations Unit Includes:


  • 7 day lesson plan with daily group activities
  • 2 books on how animals adapt (includes movie versions)
    • Gorillas
    • Tigers
  • Gorilla adaptation worksheet (includes digital version)
  • Gorilla circle map (includes digital version)
  • Tiger adaptation worksheet (includes digital version)
  • Tiger circle map (includes digital version)
  • Venn diagram on how gorillas and tigers adapt (includes digital version)
  • 2 assessments with 3 versions (includes digital version)
    • Gorillas
    • Tigers
  • 42 google slides (includes differentiated set of slides)
  • Movie version of books


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Even when learning how animals adapt, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.

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