Simple Machines Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 248 pages plus 50 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 month


This unit on the 6 simple machines contains 250 pages and 50+ 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 main characteristics of: levers, wheels and axles, pulleys, inclined planes, wedges, and screws in 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 the important ways each of these simple machines affect our lives today. This repetition helps students make connections to these important machines. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation.

✩✩✩ This unit contains activities in print and digital formats. There are 50 google slides which include 2 sets of 25 slides (one is differentiated) plus slides for the experiments. There is also a movie version of the book.

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Simple Machines Unit Includes:

  • 24 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 82 page book (includes a movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 16 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • 36 Flashcards
  • 6 Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • 3 Sorting Activities (includes digital version)
  • 2 Matching activities (includes digital version)
  • 2 experiments (includes digital version)
  • 6 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • 2 Sudoku puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Word search
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)

Most activities (not book or flashcards) are in color and BW.


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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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.