The War with Grandpa Novel Study for Special Education with comprehension questions

Total Pages:195
File Size: 3 MB



The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith 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 190 page unit on the novel The War with Grandpa 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 worthwhile teaching.




This unit has various activities to accompany Smith’s book, The War with Grandpa. 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 what it might be like to lose your bedroom to your grandpa who is moving in with your family. This is becoming a more common occurrence students are experiencing. 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 to go with almost every chapter (32 different activities!!) to keep your students engaged while you read this novel aloud.

*****This unit now has 5 multiple choice questions for every chapter. Each question has 3 picture answer choices. An answer key is included.

I have also started creating TWO SEPARATE FILES. One is completely in color and one is completely in black and white rather than combined together in one unit. This was a suggestion from a buyer, and I thought if it makes someone’s life easier, then I am all in! So, I hope you find this format easier to use and more printer-friendly. Even though there are more pages, the price has not increased.


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


The War with Grandpa Unit Includes:

  • 2 separate and complete files (color and BW)
  • 77 pages of activities to accompany War with Grandpa
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 32 activities (one to go with almost every chapter in the book)
  • 5 multiple choice questions for each chapter
  • Answer key


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.

★★★ If you like using novels in your classroom, check out my many other novel studies.

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