Great Depression Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL



Total Pages 150 pages plus 32 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


Great Depression Unit contains over 100 pages and 32 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit on the Great Depression addresses the causes and effects of this difficult time in our history in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material whether learning about the stock market crash or Hoovervilles. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on the Great Depression. This repetition encourages true understanding of the importance of the Great Depression so we do not repeat the same mistakes. Finally, many of the Great Depression activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

✩✩✩This unit includes digital versions of the activities. There are 32 google slides that include a differentiated set of slides. There is a movie version of the book included as well. THESE WOULD MAKE A GREAT INDEPENDENT LEARNING CENTER FOR YOUR CLASSROOM.

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Great Depression 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:

  • 10 days of lesson plans
  • Great Depression Unit activities in color
  • Great Depression Unit activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • Great Depression books (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities



Great Depression Activities Includes:

  • Vocabulary board to use while teaching the lesson
  • Circle map to review main facts of the Great Depression (includes digital version)
  • 18 Great Depression Vocabulary cards as well as cut and paste activities (includes digital version)
  • 11 large timeline cards with group activity
  • Great Depression timeline cut and paste activity (includes digital version)
  • Cause and Effects worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Close (fill in the blank) worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessment (3 versions) (includes digital version)


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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