Sloths Unit for Special Education | Forest Biome


Total Pages 100 plus 18 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


This unit on Sloths contains 100 pages PLUS 18 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism.


This unit addresses the main characteristics of sloths, how 2 and 3-toed sloths are different and how deforestation is affecting their habitat. 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 these animals able to survive in the rainforest biome.


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.



For more on Sloths and Biomes check out these units

⭐ Forest Biome

⭐ Terrestrial Biomes Overview: Forests, Grasslands, Deserts, and Tundra

⭐ Jungle Book novel study



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Sloths 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:

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



Sloth Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • Fact sheet
  • Circle map (plus digital version)
  • How 2 and 3-toed sloths are different (plus digital versions)
  • Map to color the sloth habitat
  • Label parts of the sloth (plus digital versions)
  • 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.