The Phases of the Moon Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL

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Phases of the moon are covered in this unit that contains over 150 pages and 50 google slides of material specifically for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are in later elementary or middle school. This unit on the phases of the moon addresses the characteristics of the moon and its 4 main phases 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 learn about and be able to recognize the phases of the moon and how they are each formed based on the relative positions of the earth, sun, and moon. This repetition encourages a true understanding of the characteristics of the different phases of the moon. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

Finally, there is a story on astronauts and a writing prompt for students to make their own personal connections.

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*****This unit has digital versions of the activities. There are 50 google slides and movie versions of both books.


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The Phases of the Moon Unit Includes:

  • 12 day lesson plan
  • 22 page book on the moon (includes movie version)
  • 14 page book on the phases of the moon (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 12 Vocabulary cards
  • Vocabulary cut and paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle map on the moon (includes digital version)
  • Sorting characteristics of the earth and the moon (includes digital version)
  • Labeling phases of the moon (includes digital version)
  • Sequencing phases of the moon (includes digital version)
  • Large phases of the moon cards to use in small groups
  • Why is there no life on the moon worksheet (includes digital version)
  • 4 close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary puzzles
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)
  • 22 page book on astronauts (includes movie version)
  • Writing prompt of being an astronaut (includes digital version)

Most activities (not books) are in color and BW.


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated into 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.

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Total Pages
176 pages plus 50 google slides
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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