Renewable Energy Unit for Middle/High School Special Ed with digital activities



Total Pages 205 pages plus 58 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 3 Weeks


This unit on Renewable Energy takes a look at 6 alternative energy sources:
biomass, geothermal, nuclear, solar, hydropower, and wind. It contains 200 pages and 58 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism, who are in middle and high school.

This unit addresses renewable energy 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 each alternative source of energy is used as well as the pros and cons of each. This repetition helps students make connections to this important and often abstract information. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

✩✩✩ This unit is also in a digital format. There are 58 google slides (includes a set that is totally differentiated), and a movie version of the book.

✩✩✩ Also includes a detailed lesson plan with lots of suggested activities you can do with the included materials. 

See the preview for a more detailed look at the contents.


Renewable Energy 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:

  • 15 days of lesson plans
  • Renewable Energy activities in color
  • Renewable Energy activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • Alternative Forms of Energy book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Renewable Energy Activities:

  • Vocabulary board
  • 14 Vocabulary cards
  • Vocabulary cut and paste activity (includes digital version)
  • 2 Circle maps on renewable and nonrenewable energy sources (includes digital version)
  • Sorting activities (includes digital version)
    • Sorting renewable and nonrenewable sources
    • Sorting pros and cons of each energy source


  • Vocabulary puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Fill in the blank worksheets; one for each energy source (includes digital version)
  • Assessment; 3 versions (includes digital version)
  • 58 google slides


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.