Santa’s Kwanzaa Literacy Unit for Special Education | Christmas


Total Pages 31 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Santa’s Kwanzaa by Garen Eileen Thomas is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany Thomas’s book Santa’s Kwanzaa.


The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading Santa’s Kwanzaa.


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information as they listen to this story about how Santa celebrates Kwanzaa for 7 nights following all his Christmas deliveries.


*****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 Kwanzaa (includes digital version)
  • Identify 7 principles of Kwanzaa (includes digital version)
  • Venn diagram comparing Christmas and Kwanzaa (includes digital version)
  • Identify the dates of Kwanzaa on the calendar (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: My Kwanzaa Message (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 assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students 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, asking students good questions will push them to think more deeply than before.