Sound Energy Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL


Total Pages 179 pages plus 45 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on Sound Energy contains 180 pages and 45 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism in middle or high school. This unit addresses the main characteristics of how sound travels, including information on pitch and intensity, 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 how these layers are similar and different. 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 activities. There are 45 google slides and a movie version of the book.

✩✩✩ If you are looking for a simpler unit on sound that is more on an elementary level and explores different sounds in general without the physics component, CLICK HERE.

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Sound Energy Unit Includes:

  • 12 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 35 page book (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 13 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle map (includes digital version)
  • 3 Sorting activities (includes digital version)
  • 4 Sequencing activities (includes digital version)
  • 2 Experiments (includes digital version)
  • 2 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) 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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