Effects of Heat Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL


Total Pages 175 pages plus 50 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on the effects of heat contains 175 pages and 50 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 main effects heat has on objects 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 effects of heat like causing things to expand, change the state of matter, and even cause a chemical change. This repetition encourages true understanding of this somewhat abstract concept. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

✩✩✩ This unit now contains digital versions of the activities. There are 50 google slides and a movie version of the book.

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Effects of Heat Unit Includes:

  • 14 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 63 page book (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 12 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle map (includes digital version)
  • 2 Sorting Activities (includes digital version)
  • Predicting how heat will affect an object (includes digital version)
  • 5 collages (1 for each main effect heat has) (includes digital version)
  • 2 Experiments (includes digital version)
  • 2 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)

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.

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