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Ecosystems: Saltwater Freshwater Unit for Special Education

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Ecosystems Bundle contains over 300 pages of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit on ecosystems addresses the characteristics of saltwater and freshwater in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material whether learning about environment, animals or plants. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on these two different ecosystems. This repetition encourages true understanding of saltwater and freshwater ecosystems. Finally, many of the ecosystem activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation.

Each week has its own detailed lesson plans, guiding questions, power points, printables, and assessments. At the conclusion of the 5 weeks, students should have a good understanding of these two different ecosystems and why each is so important to the survival of the earth.

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Ecosystems Unit Includes:

General Resources
• Vocabulary board on each ecosystem
• Sharing board for discussing each ecosystem
• Ecosystem Unit Assessment
• Ecosystem Engaging Learning Experience
→ Students will create their own Go Fish Game
→ Creative writing planner to construct their own underwater story

Week 1 : The Differences in the Water
• PPT: Water Water Everywhere
• Water Song (for transition time)
• Ecosystem Lesson plans
• Ecosystem Bingo game
• Ecosystem Saltwater/freshwater map art activity
• Sorting bodies of water
• Science experiment: sink or float in salt versus fresh water
• Ecosystem Venn Diagram activity
• Beginning Creative Writing project
• Week 1 Ecosystem Assessment

Week 2 : Fish in Saltwater and Freshwater
• PPT: Let’s Go Fishing
• Water Song (for transition time)
• Ecosystem Lesson plans
• Fish coloring sheet depending on type of water it lives in
• Group Fishing activity
• Ecosystem Cloze activity
• Iceberg worksheet
• Begin making Go Fish cards
• Continue Creative Writing project
• Week 2 Ecosystem assessment

Week 3 : Animals around and in Saltwater and Freshwater
• PPT: Animals All Around
• Ocean Song (for transition time)
• Ecosystem Lesson plans
• Animal coloring sheet depending on type of water it lives in or around
• Group Hunting activity
• Ecosystem Sorting activities
• Ecosystem Cloze activity
• Ecosystem Compare/Contrast activity
• Iceberg worksheet
• Continue making Go Fish cards
• Continue Creative Writing project
• Week 3 Ecosystem assessment

Week 4 : Plants in and around Saltwater and Freshwater
• PPT: Growing Up
• Water Plants Song (for transition time)
• Ecosystem Lesson plans
• Plant coloring sheet depending on type of water it lives in or around
• Group Scavenger Hunt
• Preposition worksheets depicting where plants grow
• Finish making Go Fish cards
• Develop Go Fish rules and play
• Who am I activity
• Continue Creative Writing project
• Week 4 Ecosystem assessment

Week 5 : Food Chains
• PPT: Food Chains in Water
• Food Chain Song (for transition time)
• Ecosystem Lesson plans
• Group Food Chain activity
• Building food chains activity
• Sorting food chains by saltwater and freshwater
• Continue playing Go Fish
• Finish and share Creative Writing project
• Week 5 Ecosystem assessment

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 ecosystems, we can ask students questions that will push them to think more deeply than before.

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