Prairie Dogs Unit for Special Education | Grasslands Biome


Total Pages 100 plus 18 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


This unit on Prairie Dogs contains 100 pages PLUS 18 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism.


This unit addresses the main characteristics of prairie dogs, how they live in large groups called towns, and how agriculture is putting some of them on the endangered species list. All the information is presented 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 what makes these social animals able to survive the prairies in the United States.


In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.


The digital activities were created using google slides and can be used with google classroom.


Each digital activity comes in 2 versions. The original plus one with color-coding to add more visual support for students who need more support. There is also a link to a movie version of both books included in the unit that students can watch online.


There are directions on how to access the digital activities and movie in a pdf included in this unit. There are also suggestions on the easiest way to assign the appropriate activities to each student.



For more on Grasslands and Biomes check out these units

⭐ Grassland Biome

⭐ Terrestrial Biomes Overview: Forests, Grasslands, Deserts, and Tundra



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Prairie Dogs 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:

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



Prairie Dogs Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • Fact sheet
  • Circle map (plus digital version)
  • Where animals make their homes (plus digital versions)
  • Map to color the prairie dog habitat
  • Label parts of the prairie dog (plus digital versions)
  • 2 Cut and paste close worksheets (plus digital versions)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (plus digital versions)



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 assimilate what is being taught fully. 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.