Thankful Literacy Unit Thanksgiving Read aloud for Special Education


Total Pages 30 pages plus 14 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration
1 Week


Thankful by Eileen Spinelli is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This 30 page unit on Thankful 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 all the things people are thankful for. Perfect for your Thanksgiving plans.

****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.


Thankful Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on things you are thankful for (includes digital version)
  • Word map on synonyms for thankful (includes digital version)
  • Match what people from the story are thankful for(includes digital version)
  • Sorting people vs objects people are thankful for (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt (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