26 Visual Recipes Cooking through the Alphabet for Special Education


Total Pages 204 pages
Answer Key N/A
Teaching Duration 1 Year


Get 26 visual recipes specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are emerging or non-readers. This cooking unit addresses the importance of following directions in the form of visual recipes in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material.

Each visual recipe is connected to a letter of the alphabet. Cooking using visual recipes is a great addition to any letter of the week curriculum you are using.

Each recipe has suggestions for differentiation and alerts teachers to any preparation that may be necessary.

There are labels for the ingredients that match the pictures used in the visual recipe.

Each step of the recipe is separated with dashed lines. This helps visually separate the steps for students to follow. They can also be cut apart and given to students one at a time or each step given to a different student.

Finally, the entire collection of visual recipes comes in two separate files. One in color and one in black and white.

If you are looking for a letter of the week curriculum, check out the one I have. Each letter has a week’s worth of print and digital activities. You can download the letter S unit for free to see if it would be a good fit for your students. Click the titles below to take a look.


Read more about cooking in the classroom over on my blog, and download a free visual recipe.


See preview for complete list of visual recipes and a detailed sample.


Cooking Through the Alphabet Unit Includes:

  • General suggestions for use
  • Picture recipe for each letter
  • Each picture recipe includes
    • Teacher directions
    • Ingredient labels
    • Picture step-by-step directions


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.

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