Ocean Life Unit for Special Education with digital activities


This unit on ocean life containing over 100 pages and 28 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit on the ocean addresses the characteristics of the ocean as well as some of the plants and animals that live there 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 ocean life. This repetition encourages a true understanding of how animals and plants survive in the ocean and what makes them unique. Finally, many of the ocean activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation.

****This unit now includes digital versions of the activities. There are 28 google slides that include a differentiated set.

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Ocean Life Unit Includes:

  • 41 page book (includes a movie version)
  • Vocabulary board **
  • Circle map reviewing main characteristics of the ocean ** (includes digital version)
  • Multiple sorting activities ** (includes digital version)
  • Multiple sequencing by size activities ** (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary puzzle (includes digital version)
  • Fill in the blank worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessment (3 versions)** (includes digital version)

** Available 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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????????????????????????? Looking for more information on the ocean, then check out these units by clicking the link below:

Ecosystems: Freshwater and Saltwater
Shark Unit