Decimals Activities for Special Education

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Decimals can be a very challenging subject for students with special learning needs, especially autism, to grasp. This 60+ page unit is meant as an introduction to identifying and reading decimals to the tenth place. This decimal unit was specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit on decimals addresses reading and interpreting decimals 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 reading decimals. This repetition encourages true understanding of decimals as numbers with a real quantitative value and builds strong number sense. Finally, many of the decimal activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation.

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Decimal Unit Includes:

• 25 page book about what decimals are and how to read them
• 5 page decimal worksheet set identifying and reading decimals
• 6 page decimal worksheet set completing picture representations of decimals
• 6 page decimal worksheet sets placing decimals on a number line with visual supports (pictures)
• 13 page decimal worksheet set placing and ordering decimals on a number line without visuals of the decimal value


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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