Locomotive Literacy Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 34 pages plus 14 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Locomotive by Brian Floca is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book was the Caldecott Medal Winner in 2014. This 30 page unit on Locomotive 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.

This is a story about riding on the Transcontinental Railroad. It looks at what the typical trip was like and the people who worked on the train. If you are looking for more information on the Transcontinental Railroad, then check that unit out by CLICKING HERE.

****There are digital versions of the activities included. There are 14 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.


Locomotive Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on trains (includes digital version)
  • Sorting transportation that goes fast vs slow (includes digital version)
  • Thinking map on the various types of fuel trains use (includes digital version)
  • Matching the people on the train to the jobs they do (includes digital version)
  • Trace the path of the Transcontinental Railroad (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt (includes digital version)
  • 14 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