Illinois State for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL US States Geography


Total Pages 204 plus 32 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on Illinois State has over 200 pages PLUS 32 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism.


This unit addresses important facts about Illinois State including:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Weather and Climate
  • Natural Resources and Industries
  • Landmarks
  • Culture
  • Famous People
  • Fun Facts


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.


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on what makes Illinois an important state including its history, culture, and current impact.


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


The digital activities were created using google slides and can be used with google classroom.


Each digital activity comes in 2 versions. The original plus one with color-coding to add more visual support for students who need more support. There is also a link to a movie version of both books included in the unit that students can watch online.


There are directions on how to access the digital activities and movie in a pdf included in this unit. There are also suggestions on the easiest way to assign the appropriate activities to each student.


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



Illinois State 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
  • Illinois activities in color
  • Illinois activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • 2 books (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities



Illinois State Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • Who am I cards for group activity
  • Bingo cards
  • Circle map (plus digital version)
  • Locations of surrounding states and major cities (plus digital version)
  • Timeline of main events in history (plus digital version)
  • Sorting natural resources (plus digital version)
  • Matching landmarks and famous people (plus digital version)
  • Writing prompt (plus digital versions)
  • 2 Cut and paste close worksheets (plus digital versions)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (plus digital versions)
  • Picture recipe



Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated into 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 assimilate what is being taught fully. 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, asking students good questions will push them to think more deeply than before.