The Foolish Tortoise Literacy Unit for Special Ed with digital activities


The Foolish Tortoise is the focus of this literacy 80+page plus 22 google slides unit developed for students with autism and other special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany this book, The Foolish Tortoise. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading The Foolish Tortoise. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on the travels of this tortoise who foolishly decides to leave his shell behind. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of The Foolish Tortoise activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There is also an 18 page social story, activity, and game addressing the concept of making foolish decisions which goes perfectly with this story and is great for students with autism and special learning needs.

*****There are digital versions of most of the activities from this unit. It now has 22 google slides, movie versions of the powerpoints and the book read aloud.

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The Foolish Tortoise Unit Includes:

• 20 symbol storyboard to accompany the book

• Circle map on story elements * (includes digital version)

• Rhyming words worksheets * (includes digital version)

• Non-fiction 17 page story on tortoises (includes movie version)

• Sorting animals with and without shells * (includes digital version)

• 19 page social story on Making Good Choices (includes movie version)

• Sorting examples of foolish/not foolish decisions * (includes digital version)

• Making Good Choices game (includes board and cards; 2 learning levels) *

* : 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:

The Grouchy Ladybug
The Very Quiet Cricket
The Tiny Seed
The Very Busy Spider
Mister Seahorse
The Greedy Python