A Sick Day for Amos McGee Literacy Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 30 pages plus 14 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book was the Caldecott Medal Winner in 2011. This 30 page unit on A Sick Day for Amos McGee 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 beautifully illustrated story about Amos and his special friends at the zoo who come to take care of him when he needs it most.

****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 Sick Day for Amos McGee Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on the zoo (includes digital version)
  • Sorting things a good friend would and would not do (includes digital version)
  • Matching what Amos did with each friend (includes digital version)
  • Matching the best cure to each illness/problem (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