Shark Unit for Special Education with digital activities | Distance Learning



Total Pages 82 pages plus 15 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Shark unit containing over 80 pages and 15 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit on sharks addresses the characteristics of sharks 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 sharks. This repetition encourages a true understanding of how sharks survive and what makes them unique. Finally, many of the shark activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

♥♥♥This unit now has digital versions of the activities for this unit. There are 15 google slides and a movie version of the book.

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Shark Unit Includes:

  • 6 day lesson plan
  • 29 page book on sharks (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • Circle map reviewing main characteristics of sharks (includes digital version)
  • Multiple sorting activities (includes digital version)
  • Labeling parts of a shark (includes digital version)
  • Matching pictures of sharks (includes digital version)
  • Completing food chains with sharks (includes digital version)
  • Assessment on sharks (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.

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