Latkes and Applesauce A Hanukkah Story for Special Education


Total Pages 50 pages plus 14 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week



Latkes and Applesauce by Fran Manushkin is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany Manushkin’s book Latkes and Applesauce.


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


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information as they listen to this story about a Hanukkah miracle.


*****This unit includes 14 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 Hanukkah (includes digital version)
  • Sorting where foods grow (trees or in the ground) (includes digital version)
  • Vote: Do you believe in miracles? (includes digital version)
  • Matching idioms (includes digital version)
  • Counting lit candles on the Menorah (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: The Miracle (includes digital version)
  • 2 picture recipes (latkes and applesauce)
  • 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.