Cardiovascular System Unit for Special Education | Human Body


Total Pages 142 pages plus 34 google slides

Answer Key Included

Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


The Cardiovascular System unit contains 150 pages and 34 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are in middle and high school.


This unit on the Cardiovascular System addresses the characteristics of this system 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 the Cardiovascular System. This repetition encourages a true understanding of the Cardiovascular System.


In addition, many of the Cardiovascular System activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.


Finally, there is a social story on the importance of exercise as well as 10 exercise station cards.


✩✩✩ This unit now includes digital versions of the activities. There are 34 google slides and a movie version of the book and social story.


See the preview for a more detailed look at the contents.



Cardiovascular System Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • 8 days of lesson plans
  • Cardiovascular System activities in color
  • Cardiovascular System activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint shows
  • Cardiovascular System book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Let’s Exercise Social Story (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Cardiovascular System Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle map on Cardiovascular System (includes digital version)
  • Labeling parts of the Cardiovascular System (includes digital version)
  • 2 cloze worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)
  • 18 page social story on exercising (includes movie version)
  • 10 exercise station cards


Most activities (not books) are in color and BW.


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated into 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 assimilate what is being taught fully. 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.

★★★You might be interested in my other units on the human body by clicking below:

Respiratory System
Digestive System
Muscular System
Skeletal System
Nervous System