Digestive System Unit for Special Education | Human Body


Total Pages 156 pages plus 40 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


The Digestive System unit contains 140 pages plus 40 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are in middle and high school.


This unit on the Digestive System addresses the characteristics of this system 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 Digestive System. This repetition encourages a true understanding of what the Digestive System does. In addition, many of the Digestive System activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.


Finally, there is a social story on feeling sick as well as a sorting activity that goes with it.

✩✩✩This unit now has digital versions of the activities. There are 40 google slides and a movie version of the book and social story.

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


Digestive System Unit Includes:


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • 9 days of lesson plans
  • Digestive System activities in color
  • Digestive System activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint shows
  • Digestive System book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Feeling Sick Social Story (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Digestive System Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle map on Digestive System (includes digital version)
  • Labeling parts of the Digestive System (differentiated) (includes digital version)
  • Putting parts of the Digestive System in order (differentiated) (includes digital version)
  • 2 cut and paste cloze worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)
  • 19 page social story on feeling sick (includes movie version)
  • Sorting activity (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.

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.

★★★You might be interested in my other units on the human body by clicking below:

Human Body Bundle (Cardio, Digestive, Respiratory)
Cardiovascular System
Respiratory System
Muscular System
Skeletal System
Nervous System