The Atmosphere Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL


Total Pages 157 pages plus 38 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


The Atmosphere unit contains 157 pages and 38 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 characteristics, functions, and layers of the atmosphere in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material. Students have many opportunities to engage in repeated information on the atmosphere.

This repetition encourages a better 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 has digital versions of the activities. There are 38 google slides (including a differentiated set) and a movie version of the book.

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


The Atmosphere 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:

  • 11 days of lesson plans
  • Atmosphere activities in color
  • Atmosphere activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint shows
  • Layers of the Atmosphere book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


The Atmosphere Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • 16 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • Labeling activities (includes digital version)
  • Sorting activities (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Cut and paste cloze 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.