Deforestation Unit Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL | Environmental Science



Total Pages 176 pages plus 32 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on Deforestation takes a look at why are forests are so important and the effects of deforestation on the environment. It contains 176 pages and 32 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism, who are in middle and high school. This unit addresses the concerns around the effects of what is happening to the earth when we continue to destroy much of our forests 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 how deforestation will impact the earth and the millions of species who live in this oldest ecosystem on earth. This repetition helps students make connections to this important and often abstract information. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

✩✩✩ This unit is also in a digital format. There are 32 google slides (includes a set that is totally differentiated), and a movie version of the book. Please see the video preview for a walk-through of the slides.

✩✩✩ Also includes a detailed lesson plan with lots of suggested activities you can do with the included materials. 

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


Deforestation Unit Includes:

  • 10-day lesson plan
  • 32-page book (includes movie version)
  • Recorded PowerPoint show
  • Vocabulary board
  • 15 Vocabulary cards with cut and paste activities (includes digital version)
  • 10 Bingo cards in color and BW
  • Circle map (includes digital version)
  • 2 collages about forests (includes digital version)
  • Sorting activities (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: taking a walk through the forest (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Fill in the blank worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessment (includes digital version)
  • 32 google slides
  • movie version of the book

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.

As always please take a moment to leave feedback or post any questions you may have. 

I am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future. Plus, it just means a lot to me.