Earth Day Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 90 pages plus 20 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Earth Day is April 22. This unit, created for students with autism and other special learning needs, celebrates Earth Day and has a book plus activities to keep your students engaged as they learn about this important day. This unit was developed for students with autism and special learning needs. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in science lessons on Earth Day. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on Earth Day, conservation, and pollution. This repetition encourages a true understanding of why saving our Earth is important. Many of the Earth Day activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. Finally, every effort is made for your students with autism to make their own personal connections to the concept of conservation and keeping our Earth healthy.

*****This unit also contains digital versions of the activities. There are 20 google slides (includes differentiated set) with click and drag activities and movie versions of both books. Makes a great independent learning center for Earth Day.

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Earth Day Unit Includes:

⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.

In the zipped folder you will find:

  • 6 days of lesson plans
  • Earth Day activities in color
  • Earth Day activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • Earth Day book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Being a Good Citizen social story (editable)
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Earth Day Activities:

  • Circle map to review main points on Earth Day (includes digital version)
  • Good or bad for the Earth sorting activity (includes digital version)
  • Personalized student pledge for Earth Day (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt on what they can do for Earth Day (includes digital version)
  • Earth Cookies
  • Close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Good citizen circle map (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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Please consider checking out my Conservation and Pollution Unit as a great companion to these materials:

Pollution and Conservation