Lila and the Secret of Rain Literacy Unit Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL



Total Pages 28 pages plus 14 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway and Jude Daly is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany the book Lila and the Secret of Rain. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading Lila and the Secret of Rain. There are many opportunities for students to listen to the story of how one girl climbs a mountain to tell the sky her saddest stories to make it rain.


If your students like this story, check out my novel unit on A Long Walk to Water by Lind Sue Park. CLICK HERE



*****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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Lila and the Secret of Rain Unit Includes:


  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on the ways we use water (includes digital version)
  • Word map on the importance of rain (includes digital version)
  • Finding Kenya on a map of Africa (includes digital version)
  • Sorting happy and sad memories (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: When all hope seemed gone (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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