A Ball for Daisy Literacy Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 31 pages plus 14 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book was the Caldecott Medal Winner in 2012. This 30 page unit on A Ball for Daisy is designed for students who have significant disabilities and special learning needs. I was always reading to my students, regardless of their learning level. The lesson of learning to sit while someone is talking is an invaluable skill that is worthwhile teaching.

This is a story about a dog, Daisy, who loses her favorite ball but finds something even more important.

****There are digital versions of the activities included. There are 14 google slides including a differentiated set and a movie of the book read aloud. SEE THE VIDEO PREVIEW FOR A WALK-THROUGH OF THE SLIDES.

See preview for the table of contents and a detailed look at what is included.


A Ball for Daisy Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on dogs (includes digital version)
  • Sorting toys that dogs and cats play with (includes digital version)
  • Sorting things that are an accident and those that are on purpose (includes digital version)
  • Matching apologies to actions (includes digital version)
  • Reading non-verbal cues (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt (includes digital version)
  • 14 google slides


There are so many benefits to reading out loud to your students. You will teach them an invaluable skill of learning to sit still while someone else is talking. Your parents will also LOVE you for not only teaching them this skill of sitting but also for exposing them to age-appropriate material. Plus, you never know which students you will touch with each story you read.

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.

I also have a blog post on reading to a low incidence class that includes some FREE SAMPLES:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class