Pumpkin Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 126 pages and 24 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


Pumpkin Unit contains over 100 pages and 24 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit on pumpkins addresses the characteristics of pumpkins 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 pumpkins. This repetition encourages true understanding of pumpkins. Finally, many of the pumpkin 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 24 google slides and a movie version of the book***

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Pumpkin Unit Includes:

  • 8 day lesson plan with group activities***
  • Pumpkin assessment (3 versions) (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 2 books: Counting Pumpkins & How a Pumpkin Grows (includes movie version of second book)
  • Small group sequencing cards on how a pumpkin grows
  • 2 sequencing worksheets: How a pumpkin grows & Making a jack-o-lantern (includes digital version)
  • Initial consonant sorting with pictures (includes digital version)
  • Pumpkin circle map (includes digital version)
  • Pumpkin/watermelon Venn diagram (includes digital version)
  • Counting pumpkins student booklet (includes digital version)
  • Social story on trick or treating (includes movie version)
  • Pumpkin Dump Cake picture recipe***


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!! Even when learning about pumpkins, we can ask students questions that will push them to think more deeply than before.

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★★★ Consider checking out these units as great companions to this pumpkin unit:

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