Independence Day Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL


Total Pages 54 pages and 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 3 days


This unit on Independence Day contains 50 pages and 12 google slides specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism.


⭐This unit is updated annually with current calendars. It has been updated for 2023!!


This unit reviews why Independence Day is a national holiday and how people celebrate it 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 this holiday.


Finally, many of the Independence Day activities 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 extra support. There is also a link to a movie version of the book included in the unit that students can watch online.


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Independence Day 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:

  • Independence Day activities in color
  • Independence Day activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • Independence Day book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Independence Day Activities:

  • Vocabulary board
  • Circle map
  • Timeline activity
  • Finding Labor Day on a map
  • Quiz


This unit will be updated annually to reflect current dates.


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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