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Temple Grandin Unit Study: Learn about this incredible woman in science, acceptance and understanding, and overcoming obstacles with shear determination and grit. Your child will love this Temple Grandin unit study based on the book, The Girl Who Thought in Pictures. +7 FREE Notebooking pages for you!

Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

Temple Grandin Unit Study

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures
The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin

by Julia Finley Mosca
illustrated by Daniel Rieley

We absolutely loved The Girl Who Thought in Pictures. This engaging book is both beautifully illustrated and written in rhyming verse. This book is full of learning opportunities from teaching rhyme to character building, learning about people with autism to learning about treatment of animals and women in science. Don’t miss the timeline of Temple’s life and letter from Dr. Temple Grandin herself!

I’m excited to share a sneak peek of the book with you as well as lesson plans with printable notebooking and coloring pages with clip art from the illustrator! I hope your kids love this book as much as mine did!

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures, The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin

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A Sneak Peek of the Book



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Make a Prediction, Read a Chart
Temple thinks in pictures. How do you think?

How do you think? In pictures, ideas, songs, or memories? What do you think most people would choose? Which will be the least popular answer? Make predictions, take the quiz then examine the results by clicking “See Previous Results” to view the pie chart.

Need more data? Share the quiz with your friends and family – copy and paste this link to share: Do the results change when more people answer the quiz?

Create a Timeline

Check out the timeline of Temple’s life from birth to the present. Match up events with pages from the story. Then create your own timeline. Use family photos and drawings to capture all of the important events in your child’s life.

Temple Grandin Timeline Image from the Book

Field Trip

Visit a farm!

Temple spent the summers of her childhood on her Aunt Ann’s ranch. Visit a ranch or farm near your home.

Can’t visit a farm? Take a virtual field trip to this Kentucky beef farm.


Learn more about Farms

National Geographic Kids Farm Animals Playlist on YouTube

Learn more about Temple

Temple Grandin: Animals Make us Human on YouTube

Temple Grandin
included on Amazon Prime

From Amazon: “Golden Globe(R)-winning actress Claire Danes shines in this fact-based story of an autistic woman who became an unlikely hero to America’s cattle industry–and to autistic people everywhere.”

This film is not rated. Common Sense Media rates it 14+ because of mature themes related to Temple’s autism and the treatment of animals. However, this movie does not include any foul language, sex, or drinking. I think that younger children that are not too sensitive (8-10) would be fine with this movie. Use your best judgement and preview the movie. It is an excellent film, so you won’t mind watching twice!

Learn more about Zoology

Ology is the American Museum of Natural History's children's site, Explore the study of Zoology

Explore Zoology on Ology, the American Museum of Natural History’s website for children. Here you can find games, stories, and videos about animal science.

Notebooking & Coloring Pages

Use the notebooking pages individually or create a book about Temple’s life. This packet includes four lined pages and three coloring pages.

Download your notebooking pages

Temple Grandin Printable



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