Light Unit for Special Education Middle/High School PRINT and DIGITAL

Total Pages: 175
File Size: 20 MB



This unit on Light Energy contains 175 pages and 55 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 main characteristics of light energy, color, and how it is reflected and refracted 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 the characteristics of light energy. This repetition encourages true understanding of this very abstract concept. 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 55 google slides and a movie version of the book.

✩✩✩This unit now includes a 14-day lesson plan.

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Light Energy Unit Includes:

  • 14 day lesson plan
  • 52 page book (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 15 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • 5 Circle maps(includes digital version)
  • 3 Sorting Activities(includes digital version)
  • 2 Experiments (includes digital version)
  • 5 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)

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.

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