Inch by Inch Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL

Total Pages: 63 plus 26 google slides
File Size: 1 MB




Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni is the focus of this literacy 60+page unit developed for students with autism and other special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany Leo Lionni’s book, Inch by Inch. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading Inch by Inch. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on the travels of this inchworm as he measures birds he meets along his travels. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of the Inch by Inch activities and assessment include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation. There is also a 17 page social story addressing bullying and what to do if someone is bullying you which goes perfectly with this story and is great for students with autism and special learning needs.

***This unit now includes digital versions of the activities in this unit. It has 26 google slides (including a differentiated set) and a video of the book read aloud and the social story.

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Inch by Inch Unit Includes:

  • 20 symbol storyboard to accompany the book, Inch by Inch*
  • Inchworm measures birds activity (includes digital version)
  • Circle map reviewing elements of Inch by Inch * (includes digital version)
  • Inchworm measuring worksheets * (includes digital version)
  • Inch by Inch Comprehension activity * (includes digital version)
  • Social story on Bullying (includes movie)
  • Venn diagram comparing friends and bullies * (includes digital version)

* : color and BW versions provided


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 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.

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★★★Please consider checking out my other Literacy units by clicking on the Literacy Unit tab to the left in my store. You may want to check out my other Leo Lionni unit by clicking on the link below:

Fish is Fish Unit