The Adventures of Beekle Literacy Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 41 pages plus 16 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


The Adventures of Beekle The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book was the Caldecott Medal Winner in 2016. This 40 page unit on The Adventures of Beekle 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.

This is a story about Beekle who looks for a friend to imagine him. Eventually, Beekle and Alice realize they are perfect for each other.

****There are digital versions of the activities included. There are 16 google slides including a differentiated set and a movie of the book read aloud. SEE THE VIDEO PREVIEW FOR A WALK-THROUGH OF THE SLIDES.

See preview for the table of contents and a detailed look at what is included.


The Adventures of Beekle Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on being brave (includes digital version)
  • Sorting things that are real vs imaginary (includes digital version)
  • Sorting things that take a short vs long time (includes digital version)
  • Venn diagram comparing human and imaginary friends (includes digital version)
  • Maze to help Beekle find Alice (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt (includes digital version)
  • 16 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