My Friend Earth Literacy Unit Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL


Total Pages 32 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


My Friend Earth by Patricia MacLachlan is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany MacLachlan’s book My Friend Earth. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading My Friend Earth. There are many opportunities for students to learn more about all the amazing things the earth provides for us.


*****This unit includes 12 google slides and a version of the book read aloud. Perfect for an independent learning center. The slides are separated into 2 files. One is regular and one is differentiated with color for more support.



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My Friend Earth 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:

  • Activities in color
  • Activities in black and white
  • Links and directions to digital activities

My Friend Earth Activities:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on things Earth provides (includes digital version)
  • Sorting land and bodies of water (includes digital version)
  • Matching the location where each animal lives (includes digital version)
  • Match pictures to examples of personification (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: My Friend Earth (includes digital version)
  • 12 google slides


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 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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