Watermelon Unit for Special Education with digital activities

Total Pages: 87 pages plus 28 google slides
File Size: 3 MB




Watermelon Unit contains over 80 pages and 28 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit on watermelons addresses the characteristics of watermelons 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 watermelons. This repetition encourages a true understanding of watermelons. Finally, many of the watermelon activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. Packed with fun, this unit on watermelons is great for the end of the year.

****This unit now includes digital versions of the activities. There are 28 google slides (including a differentiated set) and a movie version of the book.

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Watermelon Unit Includes:

  • 9 day lesson plan
  • Watermelon book (movie version included)
  • Vocabulary board to use for class discussions about watermelons
  • Circle map on watermelons (includes digital version)
  • 2 Sorting activities (includes digital version)
    • fruit vs vegetable
    • grow on a tree vs vine/bush
  • Sequence how a watermelon grows (includes digital version)
  • 5 sequence summer fruit by size worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Counting watermelon seeds (includes digital version)
  • Watermelon smoothie picture recipe
  • Quiz (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!! Even when learning about watermelons, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.

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