Finding the Theme for Special Education STORY ELEMENTS


Total Pages 153 plus 56 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 3 Weeks


This unit on THEME contains 150 pages plus 56 google slides and was developed for students with autism and other special learning needs.


This unit has various activities to help students understand and find the theme and how it is different from the main idea.


The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in the activities either through cut and paste worksheets or digitally through google slides.


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on recognizing the theme and how to find it. This repetition encourages a deeper understanding of this concept.


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*****This unit includes digital versions of the activities. There are 56 google slides (includes a differentiated set) and a movie version of the book.


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Theme Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • 13 days of lesson plans
  • Color version of activities
  • Black and white version of activities
  • Finding the Theme book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Digital versions of activities


Theme Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • 7 Vocabulary cards with cut and paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle map (includes digital version)
  • Matching words to themes (includes digital version)
  • Matching stories to themes (includes digital version)
  • Sorting main ideas and themes (includes digital version)
  • Venn diagram: main idea and theme (includes digital version)
  • Story maps to find the theme (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Fill in the blank worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessment (includes digital version)


Color and BW versions provided (except for the book)


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, we can ask students questions that will push them to think more deeply than before.