Paleolithic, Mesolithic, & Neolithic Periods for Special Ed with Digital Activities



Total Pages 201 plus 52 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 3 Weeks


This unit on the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, & Neolithic Periods contains over 200 pages and 52 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 components of these main times periods of the Stone Age 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 events that happened so long ago affect how we live today. This repetition helps students make connections to this important historical time period. 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 52 google slides and a movie version of the book.

✩✩✩ Thanks to a suggestion from a buyer, I am now going to be including a detailed lesson plans with lots of suggested activities you can do with the included materials. If you find this helpful, be sure to let me know in the feedback. I may go back and add this to many of my other units.

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Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic Periods Unit Includes:

  • 19 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 49 page book on Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic Periods with voice recorded PowerPoint show (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 16 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Large Who am I? cards for group activity
  • 3 Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • 3 Period collages (includes digital version)
  • Sorting activity (includes digital version)
  • 3 Sequencing activities (includes digital version)
  • Matching stone age tools to their function (includes digital version)
  • Identifying the Fertile Crescent and modern-day Iran/Iraq on a map (includes digital version)
  • If I were a caveman writing prompt (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary Word Search
  • Symbol Sudoku Puzzles (2 levels) (includes digital version)
  • 4 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.

As always please take a moment to leave feedback or post any questions you may have. 

I am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future. Plus, it just means a lot to me.