US Economy and the Federal Reserve for Special Ed with digital activities

Total Pages: 187 PLUS 48 google slides
File Size: 23 MB




This unit on the US Economy takes a close look at the Federal Reserve and contains almost 200 pages and 48 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 main components of the Federal Reserve and their primary functions, as well as other federal organizations that distribute money like Medicare, Social Security, and more 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 the economy of our country is managed by the Federal Reserve. 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 has digital versions of the activities in this unit. There are 48 google slides and a movie version of the book.

✩✩✩ Thanks to a suggestion from a buyer, I am now going to be including detailed lesson plans with lots of suggested activities you can do with the included materials. If you find this helpful, be sure to let me know in the feedback. I may go back and add this to many of my other units.

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


US Economy and the Federal Reserve Unit Includes:

  • 15 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 51 page book on the US Economy and the Federal Reserve with voice recorded power point show (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 16 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle map (includes digital version)
  • Labeling components and functions of the Federal Reserve with 3 versions (includes digital version)
  • Venn Diagram (comparing the Federal Reserve and local banks) (includes digital version)
  • Matching various government organizations and their functions (includes digital version)
  • Inflation flow charts (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary Word Search
  • Symbol Sudoku Puzzles (2 levels) (includes digital version)
  • 3 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)

Most activities (not the 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.

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.