The Mitten Literacy Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 32 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


The Mitten by Jan Brett is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany Jan Brett’s book, The Mitten. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading The Mitten. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on the animals that find and crawl into Nicki’s lost mitten. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book.

*****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 animals that hide in the mitten (includes digital version)
  • Circle map on things that make you sneeze (includes digital version)
  • Sorting things that are normally white and those that are normally colorful (includes digital version)
  • Matching how each animal defends itself (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: The Day I Lost my Mitten (includes digital version)
  • 12 google slides


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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