Kitten’s First Full Moon Literacy Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL



Total Pages 32 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book was the Caldecott Medal Winner in 2006. This unit has various activities to accompany Henkes’s book Kitten’s First Full Moon. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading Kitten’s First Full Moon. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information as they listen to the story about a kitten who thinks the full moon is a bowl of milk just out of reach.


*****This unit includes 12 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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Unit Includes:


  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on things that are white (includes digital version)
  • Circle map on things that are round (includes digital version)
  • Sorting places verbs and adjectives from the book (includes digital version)
  • Match nouns to verbs from the book (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: The very curios kitten (includes digital version)
  • 12 google slides


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


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