The Lonely Scarecrow Literacy Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL



Total Pages 60 pages plus 24 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


The Lonely Scarecrow by Tim Preston is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany Tim Preston’s book, The Lonely Scarecrow. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading The Lonely Scarecrow. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on how this lonely scarecrow finally gets some friends after a snowstorm. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, there is a social story on feeling disappointed with a writing activity.

*****This unit has digital versions of the printable activities included. There are 24 google slides and a movie version of the book read aloud as well as the social story. Please see the video preview for a detailed look at the slides included.

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Unit Includes:

• 20 symbol storyboard to use with The Lonely Scarecrow **

• Circle map on animals in the field (includes digital version)

• Season sorting activity (includes digital version)

• Footprint identification activity (includes digital version)

• Venn diagram with scarecrow and snowman (includes digital version)

• Scarecrow craft

• Scarecrow labeling activity (includes digital version)

• Cut and paste comprehension check (includes digital version)

• 16 page social story on feeling lonely (includes movie version)

• Color the pictures that show alone (includes digital version)

**: color and BW versions included


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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