Electricity & Circuits Unit for Special Education with digital activities



Total Pages 191 pages plus 66 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 3 Weeks


This unit on Electricity and Circuits contains almost 200 pages and 66 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism in middle or high school. This unit addresses the main characteristics of electricity as well as basic information on circuits, 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 electricity travels and is used. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation.

*****This unit now has digital versions of the printable activities. There are 66 google slides and a movie version of the book.

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


Electricity & Circuits Unit Includes:

  • 16 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 42 page book PLUS a pre-recorded power point show (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 16 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • 2 Sorting activities (includes digital version)
  • Labeling circuits (includes digital version)
  • Counting switches, lights, and naming circuits (includes digital version)
  • Large circuit cards with group activities
  • 2 Experiments (includes digital version)
  • 2 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • 2 Sudoku puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Word search
  • 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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