Solar System Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL

Total Pages: 168
File Size: 46 MB



The Solar System unit contains 184 pages plus 40 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 relationship between the Earth, sun, and planets as well as other objects found in space like asteroids and meteors 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 the various aspects of our solar system. This repetition encourages a true understanding of this very abstract concept. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

✩✩✩This unit now has digital versions of the printable activities included. There are 40 google slides and a movie version of the book.

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


The Solar System and Planets 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
  • Solar System Unit activities in color
  • Solar System Unit activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • Solar System book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Activities for The Solar System and Planets Include:


  • Vocabulary board
  • 22 Vocabulary cards plus cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • 14 Flashcards on the planets in the solar system
  • Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • Labeling the planets (includes digital version)
  • Sorting the planets (includes digital version)
  • Writing Prompt about going into space (includes digital version)
  • Cut and paste cloze worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary sudoku puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary words search
  • Assessments (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.

As always please take a moment to leave feedback or post any questions you may have. 

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.