Waste Management Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL | Environmental Science



Total Pages 203 pages plus 40 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 3 Weeks


This unit on the Waste Management System and Hazardous Waste takes a look at how waste is disposed of. It contains 203 pages and 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 how different types of waste are handled 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 waste management and hazardous waste. 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 is also in a digital format. There are 40 google slides (includes a set that is totally differentiated), and a movie version of the books. Please see the video preview for a walk-through of the slides.

✩✩✩ Also includes a detailed lesson plan with lots of suggested activities you can do with the included materials. 

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


Waste Management Unit Includes:

  • 12-day lesson plan
  • 2 books: Solid Waste Management and Hazardous Waste (includes movie versions)
  • Recorded PowerPoint show
  • Vocabulary board
  • 15 Vocabulary cards with cut and paste activities (includes digital version)
  • 10 Bingo cards in color and BW
  • Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • Sequencing activities (includes digital version)
  • Venn Diagram (includes digital version)
  • 2 Sorting activities (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: being a garbageman (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Fill in the blank worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessment (includes digital version)
  • 40 google slides
  • Most activities (not books) are in color and BW.

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.

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.