This word family unit on -en words was developed for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has over 71 pages of activities and lesson plans for a one-week (or more) unit for spelling -en words. The activities come with suggestions for differentiation so even non-readers can participate in the group lesson using the same materials. Many of the activities also use real photos AND picture symbols for more practice opportunities.
Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated into 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.