An Orange for Frankie Christmas Literacy Unit for Special Ed PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 33 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This 33 page unit on An Orange for Frankie 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.

Hear about the story of how a simple gift of an orange can bring so much joy.

****There are digital versions of the activities included. There are 12 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.


An Orange for Frankie Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on oranges (includes digital version)
  • Sorting greedy vs generous acts (includes digital version)
  • Thinking map: Acts of kindness (includes digital version)
  • Matching sets of oranges to sets of people (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: The perfect gift (includes digital version)
  • 12 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