Earth, Sun & Moon Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL

Total Pages: 167
File Size: 15 MB



The Earth, Sun & Moon unit contains 125 pages and 44 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 relationship between the Earth, sun, and moon (specifically eclipses and tides) 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 earth, moon, and sun. This repetition encourages true understanding of this very abstract concept. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

✩✩✩Want a FREE book on the first moon landing to go with this unit? Head over to my blog and download it HERE.✩✩✩

✩✩✩This unit now has digital versions of the printable activities. There are 44 google slides and a movie version of the book.

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


The Earth, Sun & Moon Unit Includes:

  • 12 day lesson plan
  • 36 page book on the Earth, Sun and Moon (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 14 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • Labeling activities (includes digital version)
  • Sorting activities (includes digital version)
  • Sudoku puzzles (2 versions) (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary word search
  • Cut and paste cloze worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessments (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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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.