Animal Life Cycles for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 248 plus 76 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 month


This unit on 5 different life cycles contains 250 pages PLUS 76 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are in elementary school. This unit addresses the main characteristics of the life cycles of: amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, and mammals in 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 the life cycles of these animals are similar and different. This repetition helps students make connections to these life cycles. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation.

✩✩✩ This unit now contains digital versions of the activities in this unit. It now contains 76 google slides and a version of the book read aloud.

✩✩✩ Thanks to a suggestion from a buyer, I am now going to be including detailed lesson plans with lots of suggested activities you can do with the included materials. If you find this helpful, be sure to let me know in the feedback. I may go back and add this to many of my other units.

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Life Cycles Unit Includes:

  • 25 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 74 page book plus a pre-recorded power point show (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 28 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • 5 Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • 4 Venn Diagrams (includes digital version)
  • Matching activities (includes digital version)
  • 5 Cut and Paste life cycles (includes digital version)
  • 5 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • 2 Sudoku puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Word search
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)

Most activities (not the book) are in color and BW.


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!! Regardless of the material, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.

As always please take a moment to leave feedback or post any questions you may have. 

I am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future. Plus, it just means a lot to me.