Thanksgiving Unit for Special Education with Social Story and Lesson Plans

Total Pages: 121
File Size: 6 MB



Thanksgiving Unit contains over 100 pages of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit on Thanksgiving has various different activities that present information in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to this Thanksgiving holiday. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on Thanksgiving. This repetition encourages true appreciation of Thanksgiving. Finally, many of the Thanksgiving related activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation.

***This unit was updated and expanded 11/14/2019***

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Thanksgiving Unit includes:

  • 12 day lesson plan with daily group activities
  • Book on the First Thanksgiving
  • Social Story: I am Thankful
  • Vocabulary board
  • Pilgrim alphabet match
  • Counting and coloring booklet
  • Preposition book: Where is the Turkey
  • Then vs Now Venn Diagram
  • I am thankful circle map
  • Thankful tree
  • Thankful cut and paste
  • I am thankful writing prompt
  • Thanksgiving Bingo Game with 10 cards
  • Thanksgiving Sudoku puzzle


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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If you like this unit, consider adding my other Thanksgiving related units by clicking the links below:

Littlest Pilgrim Unit
Colonial America Unit
Native American Unit

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