Over and Under the Snow Literacy Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 34 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany Kate Messner’s book, Over and Under the Snow. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading Over and Under the Snow. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information as they learn which animals in the forest live over or under the snow. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book.

*****This unit includes 12 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 things in the forest (includes digital version)
  • Circle map on ways to travel on the snow (includes digital version)
  • Sorting animals that live over or under the snow (includes digital version)
  • Matching footprints to animals (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: Where I want to live (includes digital version)
  • 12 google slides


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in 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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