Layers of the Earth Unit for Special Education with digital activities



Total Pages 201 plus 54 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 month


This unit on the 4 layers of the Earth contains over 200 pages and 54 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit addresses the main characteristics of the four layers of the Earth: crust, mantle, outer core, and inner core as well as volcanoes and earthquakes 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 these layers are similar and different. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

✩✩✩ This unit now has digital versions of the activities. There are 54 google slides and a movie version of the book.

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


Layers of the Earth Unit Includes:

  • 22 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 48 page book PLUS a pre-recorded PowerPoint show (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 20 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Large sequencing cards for each level
  • 3 Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • 2 Venn Diagrams (includes digital version)
  • 2 Sorting activities (includes digital version)
  • 5 Cut and Paste labeling worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt (includes digital version)
  • 6 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • 2 Sudoku puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Word search
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)

Most activities (not the 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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