Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Literacy Unit Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL


Total Pages 29 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book won the Caldecott Medal in 2000. This unit has various activities to accompany the book Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. There are many opportunities for students to listen to this story about how one man learns you can always make something out of nothing.


*****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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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on things you could make from an overcoat (includes digital version)
  • Word map with synonyms for overcoat (includes digital version)
  • Sequence what Joseph made from the overcoat (includes digital version)
  • Match what you can make from various objects (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: My Overcoat (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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