Rocks and Minerals Unit for Special Education 2 Levels PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 168 pages and 36 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks



Rocks and Minerals unit containing over 150 pages and 36 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit on rocks and minerals addresses the characteristics of rocks in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material. There are 2 versions of some of these activities to address multiple learning levels. One level looks at what is and what is not a rock. The more advanced level takes an introductory look at the 3 main types of rocks and the characteristics of each. Finally, many of the rocks and minerals activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

✩✩✩This unit contains digital versions of the activities. There are 36 google slide and movie versions of both books.

✩✩✩This unit now has a 6 day detailed lesson plan.

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Rocks and Minerals Unit Includes:

  • 6-day lesson plan
  • 2 books (plus recorded powerpoints for both)
  • → 17-page book on rocks and minerals (includes movie version)
  • → 21-page book on the 3 types of rocks (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board to use while teaching
  • Vocabulary cards and cut and paste activity (includes digital version)
  • Circle map reviewing main characteristics of rocks (includes digital version)
  • Sorting activities (includes digital version)
  • Cookie Rock experiment
  • Chalk painting activity
  • My Rock Journal
  • Close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Beginner Assessment (3 versions) (includes digital version)
  • Advanced Assessment (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.