Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey for Special Education Thanksgiving Read Aloud


Total Pages 30 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany Cowley’s book Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey.


The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey.


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information as they listen to this story about how Miguel takes such good care of Gracias that no one wants to eat him for Thanksgiving dinner.


*****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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Unit Includes:


  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on turkeys (includes digital version)
  • Sorting good or bad pets (includes digital version)
  • Word map on how Miguel protected Gracia (includes digital version)
  • Match the food to the animal (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: This Turkey is Trouble (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 assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students 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, asking students good questions will push them to think more deeply than before.


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