The Biggest Pumpkin Ever Literacy Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL



Total Pages 51 pages and 16 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll is the focus of this literacy and contains almost 50 pages and 16 slides of material developed for students with autism and other special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany Steven Kroll’s book, The Biggest Pumpkin Ever. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading The Biggest Pumpkin Ever. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on how two mice work together to grow the first place winning pumpkin at the country fair. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of The Biggest Pumpkin Ever activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There is also a social story and activity addressing the concept and importance of cooperation which goes perfectly with this story and is great for students with autism and special learning needs.

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The Biggest Pumpkin Ever Unit Includes:

• 20 symbol storyboard to accompany the book, The Biggest Pumpkin Ever*

• Circle map on pumpkins* (includes digital version)

• 2 sequencing activities * (includes digital version)

• The Biggest Pumpkin Ever Comprehension activity * (includes digital version)

• Social story on cooperation using photos (includes movie version)

• BW booklet on cooperation

• Sorting activity on cooperation (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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