Periodic Table Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL


Total Pages 145 pages plus 76 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 3 Weeks


The Periodic Table unit contains 145 pages and 67 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are in middle and high school.


This unit on the Periodic Table addresses the characteristics and parts of this table 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 Periodic Table. This repetition encourages a true understanding of this very abstract concept. In addition, many of the periodic table activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.


There is also a 14 day lesson plan that will help you navigate this 150 page resource that includes links to additional group activities.


***This unit now contains digital versions of the activities. There are 67 google slides (including a differentiated set) and a movie version of the book.



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The Periodic Table 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:

  • 14 days of lesson plans
  • Periodic Table activities in color
  • Periodic Table activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • Periodic Table book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Periodic Table Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • Labeling activities (includes digital version)
  • Sorting activities (includes digital version)
  • Ordering elements by size (includes digital version)
  • 2 cut and paste cloze worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)



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.