First Day Jitters Literacy Unit Special Education Back to School


Total Pages 36 pages plus 14 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book is great for back to school. This unit has various activities to accompany the book First Day Jitters.


The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading First Day Jitters.


There are many opportunities for students to listen to this story showing it is not just students who get nervous at the start of school!!


*****This unit includes 14 google slides and a version of the book read aloud. Perfect for an independent learning center. The slides are separated into 2 files. One is regular and one is differentiated with color for more support.


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First Day Jitters Unit Includes:


  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on feeling nervous (includes digital version)
  • Word map on “jitters” (includes digital version)
  • Venn Diagram: students and teachers (includes digital version)
  • Matching emotions to situations (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: Everyone gets nervous (includes digital version)
  • Voting: Were you surprised by the ending? (includes digital version)
  • 14 google slides



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


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