Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Special Education


Total Pages 48 plus 14 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst is the focus of this read-aloud literacy unit developed for students in special education and is accompanied by 5 activities.


This book is great for back to school.


Students have many opportunities to engage with repeated information on Alexander’s horrible day, which encourages deeper engagement with the book.


Finally, many activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.


***** This unit includes digital versions of the activities, 14 Google slides, and a video of the book read aloud.


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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Read Aloud Literacy Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in two complete files: one in color and one in black and white.


In the zipped folder, you will find:

  • Activities in color
  • Activities in black and white
  • Links and directions to digital activities
  • Not Fair Social Story (editable)


Activities: (in print and digital formats)


  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on synonyms for horrible
  • Word cloud on all the horrible things that happen to Alexander
  • Sorting positive and negative adjectives
  • Choosing the horrible choice
  • Writing prompt



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 assimilate what is being taught fully. Also, adding visual support 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.