Westward Expansion - The Oregon Trail for Special Ed with google slides



Total Pages 132 pages
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on The Oregon Trail contains over 100 pages of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are in middle or high school. It addresses the main struggles and events from 1842-1869 when pioneers were using the Oregon Trail and continuing the Westward Expansion. All the information is presented in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation.

✩✩✩ Also includes a PRE-RECORDED POWER POINT SHOW with automated advancement to use in your lesson or for students to listen to on their own.

✩✩✩ There are also 10 days of DETAILED LESSON PLANS with lots of suggested activities you can do with the included materials.

✩✩✩ This unit contains 32 google slides (including a set that is differentiated) for distance learning.

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


The Oregon Trail Unit Includes:

  • 10 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 25 page book with a pre-recorded PowerPoint show (movie version included)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 12 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (digital version included)
  • Circle maps (digital version included)
  • Sorting activity (digital version included)
  • Map (digital version included)
  • Dangers collage (digital version included)
  • Writing Prompt (digital version included)
  • Close worksheets for review (digital version included)
  • 2 Sudoku puzzles (digital version included)
  • Word search
  • Assessments (3 versions) (digital version included)

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.