Cells and Cell Processes Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL

Total Pages: 225
File Size: 35 MB



This unit on Cells and Cell Processes contains 225 pages of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism PLUS 54 google slides that contain a digital version of the activities in the printable pdf. This unit addresses the main characteristics of cells (nucleus, ribosomes, mitochondria, and chloroplasts) as well as cellular respiration and photosynthesis. 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 important structures of cells and what they do. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation.


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 the extra help. 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.


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



Cells and Cell Processes Unit Includes:


  • 16 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 51 page book on Cells PLUS a pre-recorded power point show
  • mp4 version of the book you can insert into a google slide or assign in google classroom
  • Vocabulary board
  • 16 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (plus digital versions)
  • Circle map (plus digital version)
  • Many different labeling activities (plus digital versions)
  • 2 Venn Diagrams (plus digital versions)
  • Matching organelle to function activities (plus digital versions)
  • Sorting activity (plus digital version)
  • Make a life-sized cell
  • Make a pizza cell (sweet or savory)
  • 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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