A Chair for my Mother Literacy Unit Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL



Total Pages 32 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany Williams’s book A Chair for My Mother. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading A Chair for My Mother. There are many opportunities for students to listen to the story of how one family saved their loose change to eventually buy a chair for Mom after a fire destroyed all their belongings.

*****This unit includes 12 google slides and a version of the book read aloud. Perfect for an independent learning center. The slides are separated into 2 files. One is regular and one is differentiated with color for more support.

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My Friend Earth Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on different types of chairs (includes digital version)
  • Sorting comfortable and uncomfortable places to sit (includes digital version)
  • Matching the location where you would find each chair (includes digital version)
  • Sorting the coins in the jar (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: My Perfect Chair (includes digital version)
  • 12 google slides


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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