A House for Hermit Crab for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL


A House for Hermit Crab is the focus of this 60-page literacy unit developed for students with autism and other special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany the book, A House for Hermit Crab.


The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading A House for Hermit Crab. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on the travels of this hermit crab as he travels the ocean decorating his shell.


There is also a 15 page social story addressing the many different types of homes people live in which goes perfectly with this story and is great for students with autism and special learning needs.


Finally, many of the A House for Hermit Crab activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.


****There are digital versions for most of the activities in this unit. There are 18 google slides and a video of the book read aloud. This includes a set that is completely differentiated with color.


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A House for Hermit Crab 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:

  • Activities in color
  • Activities in black and white
  • Where is your home? social story PowerPoint
  • Links and directions to digital activities


A House for Hermit Crab Activities:

  • 18 google slides
  • video of the book read aloud
  • Storyboard
  • Hermit crab student cut and paste booklet
  • Match animals and people to homes they live in (digital version included)
  • Circle map reviewing main events (digital version included)
  • Sorting animals that live and don’t live in shells (digital version included)
  • A House for Hermit Crab comprehension activity (digital version included)
  • Sequencing months (differentiated) activity (digital version included)
  • Social story on Where do You Live? (movie version included)
  • Art Activity


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated into 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.