Evolution Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL plus bonus unit

Total Pages: 284
File Size: 41 MB



This unit on Evolution contains almost 300 pages plus 74 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit addresses the main characteristics of evolution and how plants and animals adapt including a BONUS unit on cladograms presented in q 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 importance of evolution and how plants and animals adapt. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation.


✩✩✩ This unit now includes digital versions of the activities. There are 74 google slides and a movie version of the book.


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Evolution Unit Includes:


  • 13 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 60 page book (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 20 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • 2 Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • 3 Sorting activities (includes digital version)
  • Identify how animals adapt (3 practice worksheets) (includes digital version)
  • 3 writing prompts (includes digital version)
  • 3 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • 2 Sudoku puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Word search
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)


BONUS UNIT: Cladograms

  • 40 page book (includes movie version)
  • Small group practice reading cladograms
  • Identify common ancestors (includes digital version)
  • Identify common traits (includes digital version)
  • Close worksheet (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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