The One and Only Ivan Novel Study for Special Ed with comprehension questions

Total Pages: 325
File Size: 7 MB


The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is the focus of this novel unit for students with autism and special learning needs. Have you ever wanted to read a novel to your special education students but thought, there is no way they will sit and listen? Persevere, it is worth it!! This 300+ page unit on the novel The One and Only Ivan is designed for students who have significant disabilities and special learning needs. I was always reading a novel to my students, regardless of their learning level. The lesson of learning to sit while someone is talking is an invaluable skill that is worth teaching.


This unit has various activities to accompany Applegate’s book, The One and Only Ivan. The materials were designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through listening to this novel. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on the somewhat sad and tragic life of Ivan and his friends at the Big Top Mall. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of the activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There is an activity (52 different activities!!) to go with a section of pages as your students stay engaged while you read this novel aloud.

There are 2 complete files to go with this unit. One is in color and one is in BW.

***There are 95 comprehension questions for this novel. I included a reference as to which section/chapter each question comes from. I recommend doing the questions as you read the corresponding sections. There is an answer key included.

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


The One and Only Ivan Unit Includes:

  • 324 pages of activities to accompany One and Only Ivan
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 52 activities (3-5 activities to go with each 25-page section)
  • 95 comprehension questions


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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I also have a blog post on reading novels to a low incidence class that includes some FREE SAMPLES:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class