Ribosomes and Translation Cell Organelle Unit for Special Education


Total Pages 150 plus 28 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks



This unit on Ribosomes contains 150 pages PLUS 28 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism.


This unit addresses the main parts and functions of ribosomes and the process of translation. 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 this organelle so important to the cell’s survival.


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.



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Ribosomes 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:

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



Ribosome Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • Vocabulary cards (plus digital version)
  • Circle map on Ribosomes (plus digital version)
  • Circle map on Translation (plus digital version)
  • Label parts of the ribosome (plus digital versions)
  • Sort what happens in each step of translation (plus digital versions)
  • Decoding codons to find secret messages (print only)
  • 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.