State and Local Government for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL


This unit on State and Local Government takes a deeper look at how each state runs, its constitution, and the people in power.


It contains 145 pages and 30 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism, who are in middle and high school.


This unit addresses how the state and federal governments are alike and different 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 each state is structured and works. This repetition helps students make connections to this important and often abstract information.


In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation.


✩✩✩ This unit now includes digital versions for most of the activities. There are 30 google slides (includes a differentiated set) and a movie version of the book.


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



State and Local Government 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
  • State and Local Governments activities in color
  • State and Local Governments activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • State and Local Governments book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


State and Local Government Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • 14 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • 2 Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • Sequencing the steps: levels of government and positions of power (includes digital version)
  • Venn Diagram comparing federal and state government (includes digital version)
  • Engaging Learning Experience with 2 tasks looking at your state’s constitution and elected officials
  • Vocabulary Word Search
  • Symbol Sudoku Puzzles (2 levels) (includes digital version)
  • 2 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • 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.