The Gravity Tree Literacy Unit for Special Education | Apples


Total Pages 28 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


The Gravity Tree by Anna Crowley Redding is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book is great for autumn or fall or to add to your unit on Isaac Newton. This unit has various activities to accompany the book The Gravity Tree.


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


There are many opportunities for students to listen to the true story of the apple tree that inspired Isaac Newton and was visited by Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and more.



For more information on Isaac Newton, check out this unit:



*****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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The Gravity Tree Unit Includes:


  • Storyboard
  • Circle map about the gravity tree (includes digital version)
  • Word map on extraordinary (includes digital version)
  • Sorting ordinary and extraordinary things (includes digital version)
  • Fill in the blank review sheet (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: I am the Gravity Tree (includes digital version)
  • 12 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.


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