Scientific Method Unit and Labs for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL


Total Pages 181 pages plus 47 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on the scientific method contains 181 pages and 47 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are in middle and high school.


This unit addresses the 6 steps of the scientific method in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material.

  1. Ask a question
  2. Do research
  3. Make a hypothesis
  4. Perform experiments
  5. Analyze results
  6. Present a conclusion

There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on the importance of each step as well as examples of each step along the way.


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


✩✩✩ This unit has digital versions of the printable activities, including the experiments. There are 47 google slides that include a differentiated set.


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


Scientific Method 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:

  • 12 days of lesson plans
  • Scientific Method Unit activities in color
  • Scientific Method Unit activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • The Scientific Method book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Scientific Method Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • 12 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle map (includes digital version)
  • 3 Sorting Activities (includes digital version)
  • Sequencing the steps (differentiated) (includes digital version)
  • 2 Experiments (includes digital version)
  • 4 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)
  • Digital versions of activities


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.