Main Idea Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 159 plus 46 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 3 Weeks


Main Idea is the focus of this 150 page plus 46 google slide unit developed for students with autism and other special learning needs. This unit has various activities to help students understand and find the main idea and supporting details. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in the activities either through cut and paste worksheets or digitally through google slides. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on recognizing the main idea and why it is important. This repetition encourages a deeper understanding of this concept.

*****This unit includes digital versions of the activities. There are 46 google slides (includes a differentiated set) and a movie version of the book.

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Main Idea Structure Unit Includes:

  • 15 day lesson plan
  • 35 page story (includes a movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 8 Vocabulary cards with suggestions for group activities
  • Cut and paste review activities with the vocabulary (includes digital version)
  • Circle map (includes digital version)
  • Finding the one that does not belong (includes digital version)
  • Finding the common topic (includes digital version)
  • Identify the main idea and supporting details in a set of pictures (includes digital version)
  • Finding the main idea of common stories given supporting details (includes digital version)
  • Finding the supporting details of the main idea of common stories (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Close (fill in the blank) worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessment (includes digital version)

Color and BW versions provided (except for the book)


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, we can ask students questions that will push them to think more deeply than before.

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