This is Not My Hat Literacy Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 47 pages plus 16 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book was the Caldecott Medal Winner in 2013. This 50 page unit on This is Not My Hat 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.

This is the story of a small fish who steals a hat from a larger fish who is sleeping. He feels justified because the hat was too small for the big fish. He thinks he will probably get away with it. Then the big fish wakes up and starts to follow him…

****There are digital versions of the activities included. There are 16 google slides including a differentiated set and a movie of the book read aloud. SEE THE VIDEO PREVIEW FOR A WALK-THROUGH OF THE SLIDES.

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


This is Not My Hat Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on the ocean (includes digital version)
  • Word map on the word probably (includes digital version)
  • Sorting big vs small animals that live in the ocean (includes digital version)
  • Matching hats to people and occasions (includes digital version)
  • Venn diagram comparing stealing and borrowing (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt (includes digital version)
  • 16 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