Cold War Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL



Total Pages 176 pages plus 48 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 3 Weeks


This unit on the Cold War contains over 160 pages and 48 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit addresses the main characteristics and reasons for the Cold War 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 learning about this time in history when the world was poised for World War 3. This repetition encourages true understanding of this important time in history. Finally, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

✩✩✩This unit includes digital versions of the activities. There are 64 google slides that include a differentiated set of slides. There is a movie version of the book included as well. THESE WOULD MAKE A GREAT INDEPENDENT LEARNING CENTER FOR YOUR CLASSROOM.

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Cold War Unit Includes:

  • 14 day lesson plan
  • 54 page book plus voice recorded version (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board to use while teaching the lesson
  • Circle maps to review main facts (includes digital version)
  • 20 vocabulary cards as well as cut and paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Sorting activity (includes digital version)
  • Timelines (life-sized and cut/paste) (includes digital version)
  • Countries involved in the war maps (includes digital version)
  • Cloze worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessment (3 versions) (includes digital version)

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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