Christopher Columbus Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL



Total Pages 66 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 4 days


Christopher Columbus Unit contains over 60 pages of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit on Christopher Columbus addresses the characteristics of this famous explorer 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 Christopher Columbus. This repetition encourages true connection and appreciation of Christopher Columbus. Finally, many of the Christopher Columbus activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation.

When I created this unit, I thought for a long time about what our students with significant disabilities need to know about Christopher Columbus. Knowledge is a powerful tool, so to not expose them to history is simply not an option regardless of the challenges our students may face. So, this unit was developed to:

•Expose students to the main facts about Christopher Columbus and his journey

•Help students gain an appreciation of how difficult Christopher Columbus’s travels must have been through a unique and engaging activity

*****This unit contains digital versions of the printable activities. There are 12 google slides and a movie version of the book.

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Christopher Columbus Unit includes:


  • 22 page book (includes movie version)
  • 12 page student booklet (includes digital version)
  • Circle map on Christopher Columbus (includes movie version)
  • Navigating the stars activity: Students are given constellations and a key to navigate through the day like Christopher Columbus once did.
  • Close worksheets (includes movie version)


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in this unit. 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!! This will push them to think more deeply than before.

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