Cell Transport for Special Education | Diffusion Osmosis Active Transport


Total Pages 154 plus 52 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on Cell Transport contains 154 pages PLUS 52 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism.


This unit addresses the main methods of cell transport including diffusion, osmosis, and active transport. All the information is presented 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 differences between these three means of cell transport and real-life examples of each.


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


There are also 3 experiments included that lead students through the scientific method with handouts while learning about diffusion and osmosis.


The digital activities were created using google slides and can be used with google classroom.


Each digital activity comes in 2 versions. The original plus one with color-coding to add more visual support for students who need more support. There is also a link to a movie version of both books included in the unit that students can watch online.


There are directions on how to access the digital activities and movie in a pdf included in this unit. There are also suggestions on the easiest way to assign the appropriate activities to each student.



For more on cells and cell processes, check out these units:

⭐ Cell and Cell Processes (includes cellular respiration and photosynthesis)

⭐ Mitosis and Meiosis

Genes and Heredity



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



Cell Transport Unit Includes:


  • 12 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 33 page book on Cell Transport (includes a movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 11 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (plus digital versions)
  • 3 Circle maps (plus digital version)
  • 4 drawing activities (plus digital versions)
  • 3 experiments (plus digital versions)
  • 3 Cut and paste close worksheets (plus digital versions)
  • 2 Sudoku puzzles (plus digital version)
  • Word search
  • Assessments (3 versions) (plus digital versions)


Most activities (not 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.


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