Human Population Effects for High School Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 157 pages plus 34 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on Human Population Effects takes a look at the effects of the increasing population on the earth. It contains 150 pages and 34 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 effect of the rising population 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 the increasing human population affects the earth and our ecological footprint. 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 34 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.

✩✩✩ Also includes a detailed lesson plan with lots of suggested activities you can do with the included materials. 

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


Human Population Effects Unit Includes:

  • 11-day lesson plan
  • 41-page book (includes movie version)
  • Recorded PowerPoint show
  • Vocabulary board
  • 12 Vocabulary cards
  • Vocabulary cut and paste activity (includes digital version)
  • Circle map on the effects of the human population (includes digital version)
  • Cause and effect activities (includes digital version)
  • Matching solution to problems
  • Urbanization group activity
  • How to reduce your ecological footprint collage
  • Writing prompt (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Fill in the blank worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessment; 3 versions (includes digital version)
  • 34 google slides
  • movie version of the book

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.