Night Tree Christmas Literacy Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL


Total Pages 32 pages plus 14 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Night Tree by Eve Bunting is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This 32 page unit on Night Tree 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.

Hear about the story of a family’s annual tradition of going into the forest to decorate a tree with fruit and nuts for the animals that live there every Christmas.

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


Night Tree Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on things in the forest (includes digital version)
  • Sorting hot vs cold drinks (includes digital version)
  • Decorate a tree (includes digital version)
  • Count objects on the tree (includes digital version)
  • Vote: artificial or real tree with group activity suggestions (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: Decorating our tree (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