Mr. Popper’s Penguins Novel Study for Special Education

Total Pages: 194
File Size: 3 MB



Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater is the focus of this novel unit for students with autism and special learning needs. Have you ever wanted to read a novel to your special education students but thought, there is no way they will sit and listen? Persevere, it is worth it!! This 194 page unit on the novel Mr. Popper’s Penguins is designed for students who have significant disabilities and special learning needs. I was always reading a novel 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 unit has various activities to accompany Atwater’s book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins. The materials were designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through listening to this novel. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on the crazy adventures of Mr. Popper and his performing penguins. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of the activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There is an activity (28 different activities!!) to go with each chapter as your students stay engaged while you read this novel aloud.

This unit now has comprehension questions for each chapter. Each chapter has 3 questions with 3 picture answer choices. An answer key is included.


See preview for the table of contents and a detailed look at what is included.


Mr. Popper’s Penguins Unit Includes:

  • 85 pages of activities to accompany Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 28 activities (1 or more for each chapter plus some bonus activities)
  • Comprehension questions for each chapter
  • Answer key



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.

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I am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future.

★★★ If you like using novels in your classroom, check out my many other novel studies.

I also have a blog post on reading novels to a low incidence class that includes some FREE SAMPLES:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class