Thank You Sarah for Special Education Thanksgiving Read Aloud


Total Pages 30 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany Anderson’s book Thank You, Sarah.

The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading Thank You, Sarah.

There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information as they listen to this story about how one woman would not let people forget about Thanksgiving.

*****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 being a hero (includes digital version)
  • Circle map on Sarah Hale (includes digital version)
  • Sort easy and hard jobs (includes digital version)
  • Word map on perseverance (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: Dear Legislator (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, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.

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