The Very Busy Spider for Special Ed with google slides | Distance Learning

Total Pages: 64 plus 32 google slides
File Size: 2 MB



The Very Busy Spider is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This 60+ page unit has various activities to accompany this book, The Very Busy Spider. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading The Very Busy Spider. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on the travels of this very busy spider as she is spinning her web. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of The Very Busy Spider activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There is also a social story on waiting and what “just a minute” really means.

***This unit now includes 32 google slides that are digital versions of all the activities.

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Unit Includes:

  • 32 google slides
  • Vocabulary board to use with The Very Busy Spider
  • Animal sound matching activity with farm animals from The Very Busy Spider
  • The Very Busy Spider story sequencing cut and paste activity
  • Sequencing building a web cut and paste activity
  • The Very Busy Spider comprehension check activity
  • Circle map to review the main events from The Very Busy Spider
  • Art activity: Fly swatter art ★★(KIDS WILL LOVE THIS!!)★★
  • Picture Recipe: spider snacks
  • Social story on waiting: Just a Minute
  • Just a minute or longer sorting activity


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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★★★Be sure to check out these other favorite literacy units:

The Tiny Seed
The Grouchy Ladybug
The Very Quiet Cricket
The Greedy Python
Mister Seahorse
The Very Lonely Firefly

★★★My Spider Science Unit is a great companion to this literacy unit:

Spider Science Unit for Special Education