Seven Spools of Thread A Kwanzaa Story for Special Education


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


Seven Spools of Thread a Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany Medearis’s book Seven Spools of Thread.


The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading Seven Spools of Thread.


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information as they listen to this story about this group of brothers who learn they are stronger when they work together.


*****This unit includes 14 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 alternatives to fighting (includes digital version)
  • Sorting jobs easier done with help (includes digital version)
  • Circle the groups of 7 (includes digital version)
  • Matching product made with tool (includes digital version)
  • Word map on details supporting the moral of the story (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: Working Together (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.