Endocrine System for Middle and High School Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 145 pages AND 38 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on the Endocrine System contains over 130 pages and 38 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are in middle or high school. This unit is a great compliment to my Human Body Bundle (click HERE). It addresses some of the main glands in the endocrine system and the hormones they release. Specifically, it touches on the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, thyroid, adrenal glands, and pancreas. There is also mention of the effects that hormones have on making boys and girls look different. All the information is presented in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material. In addition, many of the activities and assessment include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. Finally, the concept of diabetes and what it means to have it are addressed.

✩✩✩This unit includes digital versions of the printable material. There are 38 google slides (including a differentiated set) and a movie version of the book. You can see all these slides in the video preview.

✩✩✩ There are also 10 days of DETAILED LESSON PLANS with lots of suggested activities you can do with the included materials.

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


Endocrine System Unit Includes:

  • 10 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 39 page book on the Endocrine system PLUS a pre-recorded PowerPoint show (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 12 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • 2 Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • Sorting activity (includes digital version)
  • 2 matching activities (includes digital version)
  • Sequencing activity (includes digital version)
  • Labeling activity (includes digital version)
  • Close worksheets for review (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.

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.