The Nutcracker Christmas Read Aloud for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL


Total Pages 36 pages plus 14 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


The Nutcracker by ETA Hoffman is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This 36 page unit on The Nutcracker 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 Marie and her special friend, the Nutcracker who takes her on a special trip to Toyland.

****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.


The Nutcracker Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on The Nutcracker (includes digital version)
  • Sorting modern vs older toys (includes digital version)
  • Label the parts of a nutcracker (includes digital version)
  • Label the map of Toyland (includes digital version)
  • Venn diagram comparing which characters are in Germany and which ones are in Toyland (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: Meeting a Nutcracker (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