Endangered Species Unit Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL


Total Pages 188 pages plus 44 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 3 Weeks


This unit on Endangered and Threatened Species takes a look at things that cause and protect animals, plants, and insects to become extinct, endangered, and threatened. It contains 190 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 concerns around the depletion of certain species and how that could impact the health of the earth in the future 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 to keep animals, plants, and insects from becoming extinct. This repetition helps students make connections to this important and often abstract information.

In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

✩✩✩ This unit is also in a digital format. There are 44 google slides (includes a set that is totally differentiated), and a movie version of the book. Please see the video preview for a walk-through of the slides.

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


Endangered Species 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:

  • 13 days of lesson plans
  • Endangered Species activities in color
  • Endangered Species activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • Endangered Species book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Endangered Species Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • 12 Vocabulary cards with cut and paste activities (includes digital version)
  • 10 Bingo cards in color and BW
  • Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • Causes and protections of endangered species (includes digital version)
  • Sorting activity (includes digital version)
  • Placing species on an extinct – safe continuum (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: Having a conversation with a dinosaur (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Fill in the blank worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessment (includes digital version)
  • digital activities


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.

As always please take a moment to leave feedback or post any questions you may have.

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.